Offensive? Artist creates ‘food stamp table,’ sells it for $12K
When the federal government announced massive cuts to the country’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), millions of Americans were affected. Now, an artist has recreated a daily variation of what you can get with the current food stamp ration entitled “Food Stamp Table.”
The artistic piece is currently on display at Miami’s Art Basel, and was created by Meg Webster.
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.” 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.”
The exhibit is accompanied by text that seeks to remind viewers of the struggles that those on food stamps face. “On November 1, 2013 the 2009 Recovery Act’s boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ended resulting in cuts to every SNAP household…the equivalent of taking away 21 meals per month.”
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