In this series, Leanne Shapton illustrates a selection of desserts included in the 1929 textbook Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, an encyclopedic five-volume reference book on home cooking. With vibrant background washes of watercolor, Shapton revitalizes the cheery tones of recipes like gelatino, orange jelly, and strawberry cream fluff. The series was originally published in T: The New York Times Style Magazine in July 2015, as part of the artist’s series of new works drawn from old books.
Leanne Shapton (b. 1973, Canada) is an author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She co-founded J&L Books and is a former art director of the New York Times Opinion Section. Her book Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press 2012) won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography; her other books include Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009), and Was She Pretty? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006). Shapton has contributed art and writing to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. She was recently named a judge of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Watercolor on paper
33 × 33 inches framed