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This week, The Modern Sybarite, shares his taste for pop-art as he reflects upon Pies created by American artist Wayne Thiebaud.

wayne thiebaut pies in american pop art in oil

 One of the important “in” Manhattan events of the spring for collectors, gallerists, dealers, advisors and hanger-ons of the art world are the Contemporary Art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.  And while I cannot comment on the pieces my clients checked out, I will comment on a few of my favorite works of art.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and so I’m probably revealing TOO much of myself in my hungry lust for this delicious rendition of pies by American pop-artist Wayne Thiebaud who is known for his works of cakes, pastries, toys and lipsticks.

At first glance, each piece of pie seems to be cut from the same mold, subconsciously giving the viewer a hint of mass production – a common thread running through Pop-Art.  But on closer inspection, one realizes this is not true at all. Each piece of pie is different and unique and therefore closer resembles the work of the Abstract Expressionists.  All this is good art education, but the very BEST thing about this piece is the handling of the paint.  It does not look like Thiebaud is working with oils at all, but with fluffy air-whipped meringue, thick lathery icing or syrupy cherry filling deliciously oozing out of each piece. Hungry anybody?

For more from the Modern Sybarite please see his bio below.

photo credit: © Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The piece was sold at Sotheby’s New York last Spring for US$4,000,000.00

The Modern Sybarite

Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
The Modern Sybarite


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