Thanks to Paula Cooper Gallery, ABMB visitors have four more days to take in the most offensive artwork in the fair: Meg Webster’s “Food Stamp Table.”
The work comprises a daily variation on what you can get for the current food stamp ration, laid out on a Communist-Minimal wooden table. Today for $4.60, Paula Cooper will present one can of Campbell’s soup, one egg, one head of broccoli, and one pack of Ramen noodles. As an artwork, one meal is being sold for $12,000 as an edition of one.
The wall text seeks to remind us of the hardships faced by people on food stamps. “On November 1, 2013 the 2009 Recovery Act’s boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ended,” the text reads, “resulting in cuts to every SNAP household.” It’s “the equivalent of taking away 21 meals per month.”
But who needs wall text to tell you about the hardships of the poor, when you can see the homeless RIGHT OUT FRONT OF THE CONVENTION CENTER. Money on that kind of back-patting self education would be better spent on the people who actually need it.