Q & A with Michael B. Emery and Irwin Richman, authors of 'The Graphic Vegetable'

by Shelley Pierce September 24, 2017

Q & A with Michael B. Emery and Irwin Richman, authors of ‘The Graphic Vegetable’

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Michael B. Emery’s ancestors include both Quaker and Amish farmers. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum’s Educator and Volunteer Coordinator.  Irwin Richman, Professor Emeritus, The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, works with the Landis Valley Associates, a private group dedicated to forwarding the aims of the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum.

In their collaborative effort, ‘The Graphic Vegetable: Food and Art from America’s Soil‘, Emery and Richman have compiled 580 juicy images that capture the fact that throughout history, artists and artisans have depicted vegetables in remarkable ways.  Read on to learn more about this Schiffer Publishing book and enter below to win one of two copies!


1. Tell us a bit about “The Graphic Vegetable” and its importance from an artistic and historical standpoint.

This is a book designed to educate the reader about the changing attitudes towards vegetables over the years and to highlight the inter-relationships between vegetable raising and consumption and American art and pop culture.

2. What valuable insights will readers garner from reading this book?

A better understanding of the inter-relationships, not always obvious, central to the understanding of the modern world. In this case how vegetables illustrate and create important aspects of American culture.

3. How did you develop an interest in vegetable art?

We both like to eat and we both have elevated aesthetic sensibilities.

4. What are some of the most unusual pieces of vegetable art you came across ?

The Carrot” by Dutch painter Willem Frederich von Royen, 1699

Bay State Fertilizer Victorian Ad Trade Card: Watermelon Man

“Gay Johnny, Texas Vegetables” label

New Yorker Magazine Cover – October 30, 1989 of a Charles Addams cartoon of a pumpkin

postcard “Water-melon Blockade in Kansas”

 

5. What are some of your favorite pieces of vegetable art and why?

“Popeye” by Jeff Koons.  Who can resist a six foot tall stainless steel statue?

“Kansas Cornfield” by John Steuart Curry.  Muscular, dynamic and aesthetic – all in a painting of corn!

“Still Life with Red Cabbage and Rhubarb” by Charles Demuth.  Modernist painting of a must unusual pairing.

“Hot Beds” by Earnest Lawson. A lyrically beautiful impressionist painting.

 

WIN ONE OF TWO COPIES OF “The Graphic Vegetable: Food and Art from America’s Soil”!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Sunday, October 1, 2017 (be sure to provide a valid e-mail address) in answer to the following question:

Why do you want to win a copy of The Graphic Vegetable?

Be sure to include a valid e-mail address. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualified entrants, and notified via e-mail. (See rules for more information.)

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16 person already talking about this.
    Stephanie Liske
    Answered on October 1, 2017Reply

    It looks like an interesting one.

    susan smoaks
    Answered on September 28, 2017Reply

    i would love to win a copy of this because it looks fascinating.

    Dolores Q.
    Answered on September 27, 2017Reply

    I would love to win this book because I am new to gardening and I know I would thoroughly enjoy this.

    Connie Lee
    Answered on September 27, 2017Reply

    I think this would be a very interesting book that I would love to read and look at.

    JESSE JOHNSON
    Answered on September 27, 2017Reply

    I find vegetable are facinating

    Kimmy Ripley
    Answered on September 26, 2017Reply

    Gardening noob here! Going to get busy on one next spring!

    Theresa McKillop
    Answered on September 26, 2017Reply

    I would love to win a copy of the book. I am a gardener and I collect ephemera. I'm always looking for antique/vintage illustrations of vegetables, flowers and plants from seed catalogs, postcards and trade cards.

    Christine Yvonne Groce
    Answered on September 26, 2017Reply

    I would love to win this book for it's whimsical illustrations of vegetables. Great stuff. Thanks for the chance to win.

    DEBBIE RETTMANN
    Answered on September 25, 2017Reply

    Because I Love to Garden, and I Love the Unique Pictures in Vegetable Art!!!! Some of them are So Clever!!!

    Jennifer Haines
    Answered on September 25, 2017Reply

    I am really into vegetable gardening, and I'm a graphic designer (well, UI designer, but same thing!) I love quirky things and would love to learn about a topic so obscure :)

    Carol Yemola
    Answered on September 25, 2017Reply

    I have found a potato that looks like a duck and carrots that look like rabbits. This book would be so amusing to look at and would give me a new perspective on plants.

    Chris Civitello
    Answered on September 24, 2017Reply

    I love art and love gardening!This book sounds amazing!

    Ann Marie Mones
    Answered on September 24, 2017Reply

    This sounds like an amazing book! I have often admired the beauty of vegetables; this book wouldn't be an amazing adventure exploring others views of vegetables as works of art!

    Sheryle G
    Answered on September 24, 2017Reply

    I want to win this book because it looks like a very interesting topic. And I love the pictures!

    amy guillaume linderman
    Answered on September 24, 2017Reply

    my husband is an artist and he loves growing his vegetables. he would really enjoy this!

    Anne Perry
    Answered on September 24, 2017Reply

    I find odd vegetables amazing.

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