Food Cart on Gansevoort Street

by Julia Rothman

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Artist Statement

This was a very full food cart I passed on the way to The Whitney one day. I snapped a picture and decided to draw it a couple weeks later. I am always collecting photos of scenes and things happening around me to make paintings of later. I have so many pictures and not enough time to make paintings.

Why We Love It

Food Cart on Gansevoort Street is an homage to the ubiquitous hot dog cart, a stalwart of the NYC streets, a part of the landscape here in the metropolis Rothman calls home. The cart is a cacophony of images itself, positively covered in brightly-colored idealized pics of its offerings. A glossy pretzel looming luxuriously on a black backdrop, a beet-red bun-nestled beef sausage the length of an adult’s arm, fresh fist-sized falafel peeking coquettishly from a fluffy pita. Like the green orbs signaling a subway station, those trademark umbrellas stick out above the crowd, an easily spot-able advertisement. Made with a mix of paint and markers, the colors pop, the details sizzle. You might almost miss the vendor’s baseball-capped head, barely visible in all the commotion. But there he is, dead center. Rothman’s illustration reminds us to hold space for these food cart vendors, some of whom spend decades staking out the same spots, slinging hot dogs and other snacks to the scurrying masses.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition of 250
16"x20" | edition of 25
20"x24" | edition of 10

Julia Rothman

Julia Rothman is an illustrator and author. You can find her work in a new illustrated column, Scratch, in The New York Times starting in October. Her book Every Body about sex and body comes out in 2020 with Little Brown. She also co-founded Women Who Draw, a directory of female-identifying artists and teacher at the School of Visual Arts. You can find more about her other books, wallpaper, home goods, and projects at www.juliarothman.com.
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