Muses: Ignacio Mattos, Chef at Estela and Bar Flora, on Richard Serra, Francesca Woodman, and Cooking Ceramics
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Muses: Ignacio Mattos, Chef at Estela and Bar Flora, on Richard Serra, Francesca Woodman, and Cooking Ceramics

KARISSA ONG “Muses” is a column for which creators from different disciplines reveal sources of artistic inspiration and instigation. Ignacio Mattos has become a star of the New York food scene as the visionary behind Estela and Café Altro Paradiso (both in SoHo), as well as Flora Bar, the fine dining destination on the lower level of the Met Breuer. Prior to opening those establishments, he cooked at Il Buco and Isa, and his experience out of town includes work with Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse. He is also the author of Estela , a cookbook with recipes for some of his finest creations. For “Muses,” Mattos told ARTnews about artists and works he likes. — Andy Battaglia James Ensor James Ensor’s art resonates with me—how it feels, how truthful it is, the empathy within his work, the color palette. The way that his compositions come together is stunning. It’s beautifully balanced. I think I was 14—that’s the memory I have of seeing the work and being like, “Wow!” It was in a book or encyclopedia, back home in Uruguay. I had it in mind that I wanted to go to art school, but it didn’t work out. I don’t […]

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