Macaroni and Similar Pastes

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Artist Statement

Macaroni and Similar Pastes is a colorplate included in American author and advertising executive Artemas Ward’s The Grocer’s Encyclopedia. A thirty year endeavor, the encyclopedia was published in 1911 after innumerable revisions and additions. Ward wrote to countless producers and manufacturers around the world for information, photographs, and illustrations related to all things grocery with the goal of compiling a comprehensive compendium of the history, preparation, storage, marketing, and use of food.

Working closely with the American Colortype Company, Ward included over 80 full color pages, like this systematic scheme of starchy silhouettes. The array appears alongside an extensive history, where Ward is careful to point out pasta’s Italian origins as a distinctly European perspective, with its true lineage hailing from China and Japan—a refreshingly conscious outlook for the time.

Why We Love It

These neatly organized noodles are a nod to nonnas and pasta paramours everywhere. Arrayed individually against a dark background, their al dente excellence is revealed, each ridge, curve, plane, and hollow emphasized. And that’s important! Those ridges are super sauce catchers, short curves compliment a soup, flatter shapes will sop up something creamy, and hollows are ripe for a ragù. The absolute artistry of those tiny figurative shapes toward the bottom isn’t lost amid this precise display of pasta. The dark background also makes the golden hue of the pasta pop. It looks positively luscious, practically noble, primed to hang in your kitchen as the ultimate carb homage. Plus, it’s sure to spark some ideas when you’re noodling around your pantry. Imagine the pastabilities ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ 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:
10"x8" | edition of 10
14"x11" | edition of 200
20"x16" | edition of 20
24"x20" | edition of 10

Vintage Editions

For our Vintage Editions series, our curators scour historical archives for both timeless classics and heretofore unseen gems. These images come back to life as exhibition-quality prints now available to everyone. As a bonus, purchasing equals patronage: sales from Vintage Edition prints go towards supporting our growing roster of artists.
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