Chanterelle - A restaurant that was a Feast for the Eyes

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A view of Chanterelle's menu designs as they were displayed in the restaurant's waiting room, shot by Tony Morgan

Artists’ relationships with eating and drinking establishments in New York are legendary. One restaurant in particular, however, has had a long history of actively collaborating with artists — from Robert Rauschenberg and Cindy Sherman to Merce Cunningham and Robert Wilson, to name just a fewsince it first opened in 1979 on 89 Grand Street in SoHo. Chanterelle, operated by Karen and David Waltuck and shaped by designer Bill Katz, used its connections with the art world to have his friends create covers for their menus, with a new design introduced for each season of the year. They continued the tradition through their move to 2 Harrison Street in 1989 and up to the restaurant’s closing on August 15, 2009. I have selected some of my favourite works above, from this original project by a restaurant, and their work was really interesting.

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Cindy Sherman, 1989

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aaaaaChuck Close, 2009

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aaaaaMerce Cunningham, 1984

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aaaaaApril Gornik, 1991

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aaaaTimothy Greenfield-Sanders, 1999

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Keith Haring, 1984

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Jenny Holzer, 1988

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aaaaaRobert Indiana, 1995

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Bill Katz, 1995 (for Chanterelle's 15th-anniversary artist's friends' dinner)

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaRobert Longo, 1991

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Robert Mapplethorpe, 1986

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Glenn Ligon, 1991

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Malcolm Morley, 1993

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aaaaaElizabeth Murray, 1996

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Richard Prince, 1994

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aaaaaJulian Schnabel, 2008 Philip Taaffe, 2006

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aaaaaCy Twombly, 1980

2 comments:

  1. t'is a pity the restaurant closed. Do we know what happened to the works of art?

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