The first gallery in the world to focus solely on food photography by a single artist is now open. Introducing the Modernist Cuisine Gallery, where the groundbreaking works of photographer, chef, scientist, and author Nathan Myrhvold transports beholders to the intersection of fine art, food photography, and science. Located at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, the gallery sells limited-edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold and found in the books he has authored: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science, Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, and the forthcoming Modernist Bread, on sale fall 2017.
Wine glasses dancing in a tempest of red, raspberries plunging through pristine water, an unsuspecting group of french fries in the path of a suspended blast of ketchup… just a small taste of sights and scenes on display from the lens of Myrhvold and the culinary lab of Modernist Cuisine. Each print is produced using the highest quality and most durable print methods available, and the opening collection debuts stunning new photos and iconic images from the books. The prints will be available in several frame, media, and size options—including large-scale options for big spaces – available for shipping worldwide.
It was nearly a decade ago when Myhrvold recognized an exciting opportunity to forge a new genre in food photography – portray food in unexpected ways that both fascinate viewers and illustrate the science at work in cooking. The culinary and photography world latched onto his approach in 2011 with the release of Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science, which prominently captured subject matter in a new, unconventional fashion. Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine cut cooking equipment and food in half, custom-built lenses to photograph ingredients under a microscope, and used techniques not typically used in food photography to redefine the genre. The books and photography garnered awards and praise around the world and inspired Myhrvold to create a photo book, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, and a food photography exhibit that has traveled to museums around the country.
Almost immediately after publishing the first book, prints of the photos were in demand. As the porfolio expanded with subsequent books, the idea of the Modernist Cuisine Gallery took form, and Myhrvold appealed to Las Vegas for both its culinary and retail clout. As he muses, “where else can you find 10-foot-tall portraits of top chefs emblazoned on towering hotels, or a such a vast collective of enterprising artists who have created a vision of how to exhibit their art?”
About Nathan Myhrvold
Nathan Myhrvold is the lead author and photographer of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, and the forthcoming book Modernist Bread, on sale fall 2017. He routinely pushes the boundaries of culinary science as a chef, scientist, photographer, and author. Myhrvold has had a passion for photography since he was a child. He continued to pursue photography even while doing postdoctoral cosmology work with Stephen Hawking and working alongside Bill Gates as the chief technology officer of Microsoft. After retiring from Microsoft, Myhrvold founded Intellectual Ventures and focused more time on the pursuit of his lifelong interests. Inspired by the void in literature about culinary science and the cutting-edge techniques used in the world’s best restaurants, he assembled the Modernist Cuisine team to share the beauty and science of cooking with others. The striking imagery of the team’s self-published books has captivated readers and garnered awards and recognition around the world. More information can be found on modernistcuisinegallery.com.