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Cooking with Jackson Pollock

Dinner with Jackson Pollock 3D

Cover.

Yesterday, while strolling around Milan, we stopped at the bookshop inside 10 Corso Como. Among the great selection of inspiring books, one in particular catched our attention for its cover and the big title on it. Combining two (apparently) separate worlds, art and food, Dinner with Jackson Pollock – Recipes, Art & Nature published by Assouline is a book by Robyn Lea, photographer, writer and director who, since 2011, has been collecting unpublished recipes handwritten by artist Jackson Pollock, his wife and his mother Stella.

Food preparation for Jackson and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, was not a tiresome daily chore but an extension of their creative outlook that blossomed into a shared passion.

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Inside the book.

Robyn Lea weaves together tales from interviews with Jackson and Lee’s family and local friends, and her photographs perfectly complement these culinary records, including still lives inside the Pollock-Krasner home, Pollock’s studio, and beautiful portraits of each delectable recipe.

4 © Robyn Lea - Spaghetti ready for the pot

Spaghetti ready for the pot. © Robyn Lea.

6 © Robyn Lea - Lucia Wilcox's beach picnic

Lucia Wilcox’s beach picnic. © Robyn Lea.

// Ieri, durante una passeggiata a Milano, ci siamo fermate nella libreria di 10 Corso Como e tra la notevole e vasta selezione di libri interessanti presenti nel concept store, uno in particolare ha catturato la nostra attenzione, per la sua copertina e il suo titolo. Mescolando due mondi (apparentemente) lontani, l’arte e il cibo, Dinner with Jackson Pollock – Recipes, Art & Nature [A cena con Jackson Pollock – Ricette, Arte e Natura] edito da Assouline è frutto del lavoro di Robyn Lea, fotografa, scrittrice e regista che dal 2011 ha iniziato a raccogliere ricette mai pubblicate e scritte a mano dall’artista Jackson Pollock, sua moglie e sua madre Stella.

Preparare piatti per Jackson e sua moglie Lee Krasner (anche lei artista) non rappresentava un fastidioso rito giornaliero, al contrario era un’estensione della loro mentalità creativa che si è rivelata infine una passione condivisa. 

8 © Robyn Lea - Blueberry Blintzes

Blueberry Blintzes. © Robyn Lea.

Robyn Lea ha saputo tessere storie dalle interviste con la famiglia di Jackson e Lee e gli amici del posto, e le sue fotografie che includono ritratti della casa dei due artisti, lo studio di Jackson, e bellissimi scatti di ciascuna delle squisite ricette, non fanno altro che completare perfettamente queste testimonianze culinarie.

7 © Robyn Lea - Jackson's White Bread with local handmade preserves and butter

Jackson’s White Bread with local handmade preserves and butter. © Robyn Lea.

1 © Robyn Lea - Jackson's Studio in High Summer, Springs

Jackson’s Studio in High Summer, Springs. © Robyn Lea.


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