Two Spanish Masterpieces, coming right up. (Photos by C-M.)
If Velázquez were a burger, what would he be? According to Brooklyn artist Joe Protheroe, he’d be a mound of minced beef and lamb, seasoned with cumin, olive oil, garlic and cilantro, and he’d be topped with chopped tomatoes, shaved shallots and a “fierce” Valdeón blue cheese. Protheroe’s burger, The Spanish Masterpiece (which also paid tribute to Goya, Dalí and Picasso), was one of various conceptual art burgers served up this past weekend at the Laundromat Gallery in Brooklyn, where local artists showed off their mad grillin’ skillz at The Burger Group Show.
There were burgers inspired by Robert Smithson, Robert Motherwell, Rachel Harrison and Jeff Koons (The Cheesy Koons). There was even a Bernini Burger:
a beef patty, fleshy and rounded, surmounted by flowing draperies of prosciutto, a cloud of goat cheese, and a splash of the finest extra virgin olive oil. St. Teresa herself never felt such an ecstasy as this burger will provide.
Unfortunately, it was not for sale. I did however, sink my teeth into both the Spanish Masterpiece and the Robert Smithson — both of which were delicious, though I have to give top honors to the Masterpiece for its finely rendered condiments. There were a couple of art burgers I was bummed not to see, however: the Claes Olden-burger (seriously) and the Andy Warhol Burger. The latter would have been less artisanal and more multi-media. You show up with a sack of fast food burgers and you film people eating them. Even so, the Burger Group Show was an all around tasty good time — to the point that I hope this becomes an annual event.
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