In the event that you miss my post on Art Basel Miami Beach, you should know that I love art in addition to food. Although so many people in the art world have chemically, psychologically, or financially altered appetites, there is actually a pretty happy relationship between art and food (and an even better one with drink). So I was pretty happy to notice two art/food news items recently.

First, Robert Mann Gallery is showing Wijnanda Deroo’s Inside New York Eateries, a body of work documenting empty New York restaurants. From the press release:

“With recently shuttered institutions like Tavern on the Green in Central Park or Relish Diner in Williamsburg, there is also an nostalgic quality to the series, testament to inevitable economic cycles and the cutthroat nature of the high-powered New York restaurant industry. And yet, many of these cafes are durable, perennial favorites, trans-generational in their appeal simultaneously indicative of a cross-section of aesthetic and historical moments. How many thousands have sidled up to the Grand Central Oyster Bar (established 1913) at the end of an arduous day? However, consistent with her entire body of work, Deroo’s scenes remain eerily devoid of human figures — except the occasional painted mural or decorative detail — the devoted patrons and staff remaining conspicuous by their absence.”

So head out to 210 11th Ave to check it out. The gallery will re-open from the holidays on January 4th and the show runs through January 29th. {via Zagat Buzz}

The second food-themed art show is “EAT/ART: A Visual Feast” at Atlantic Gallery. This show is in support of the great organization Just Food, which strives to build a sustainable food system for all five boroughs of New York. Just Food also just opened Farm School NYC, a school that offers individual classes and a certificate in urban agriculture. I’m kind of dying to enroll, but sadly it’s too late to apply for the pilot 2011 year. In the mean time, I will have to satisfy out EAT/ART 135 West 29th, Suite 601. The show closes today (the 23rd), so unless you are kicking around Chelsea it might be too late. But T Mag provided us with a handy little slideshow, so check out the link. {via T Magazine}