The first gallery to focus solely on food photography by a single artist is now open in La Jolla, CA. Introducing Modernist Cuisine Gallery where the groundbreaking works of world-renowned photographer, chef, scientist, and author Nathan Myhrvold transports beholders to the intersection of fine art, food photography, and science. Located at 1241 Prospect Street in downtown La Jolla, the 2,200 square-foot gallery sells limited-edition prints of food photography taken by Myhrvold, including photos found in the books he has co-authored: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science, Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Bread, and the forthcoming Modernist Pizza. His newest location joins Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Seattle as home to the most disruptive food photography galleries in the world while marking Myhrvold’s first-ever in California and most expansive to date.
Wine glasses dancing in a tempest of red, pint glasses battling it out for bartop supremacy, 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 Myhrvold 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 as well as food-inspired landscapes and microscopic wonders. The prints are 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 portfolio expanded with subsequent books, the idea of the Modernist Cuisine Gallery took form. He opened a Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Seattle gallery but waited to open a La Jolla location until he found the perfect spot.
“La Jolla has everything that goes into our pictures: great food, science, technology, and art. What it hasn’t had is a gallery dedicated to food photography, but we’re fixing that.” commented Myhrvold, who grew up in Southern California. “I am excited to open the gallery in a community with an unmatched lifestyle, dedication to science and technology, and appreciation for art.”
Modernist Cuisine Gallery visitors are able to purchase large, limited-edition prints of Nathan Myhrvold’s photography; printed in a variety of sizes, formats, and frames and shipped worldwide. Updates on the gallery, the full art collection, and press photos can be found on modernistcuisinegallery.com.
New Gallery Location:
La Jolla: 1241 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla: 1241 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037
For all gallery updates follow @modcuisinegallery on Instagram.
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, Modernist Bread, and forthcoming Modernist Pizza. 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.
About Modernist Cuisine Gallery:
Modernist Cuisine Gallery is the first gallery in the world to sell food photography by a single artist. Nathan Myhrvold’s books and photography, available in several sizes, are available for purchase. The gallery opened its first location in May 2017 at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, its second in November 2017 at 305 Royal Street in the French Quarters of New Orleans, Louisiana, its third in December of 2018 in Downtown Seattle, one block from Pike Place Market and his most expansive location in La Jolla, CA on 1241 Prospect St. The artwork includes photography featured in Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine books plus photography taken exclusively for the gallery.