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Sharon Core

Bellwether

Photography has long been the helpmate of painting. Thomas Eakins secretly painted from photographs; Richter and Warhol transformed the practice for the second half of the twentieth century. But could the tide be shifting? For her photographic series “Thiebauds,” 2003–2004, photographer (and trained pastry chef) Sharon Core painstakingly baked the components of eleven of Wayne Thiebaud’s food paintings, the majority from the early ’60s, and then proceeded to photograph the results.

It’s interesting to note that Thiebaud reportedly painted his works from memory; by baking, decorating, and setting up her wares in such a way that their background and lighting closely approximated Thiebaud’s image, Core pits skill (baking and photography) against hand and imagination. For Pie Counter, 2004, and Salad, Sandwiches and Dessert, 2003, she exactly re-created his compositions, and in Delicatessen

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