The Complex Guide to Bodega Art

Base with Fifteen Sandwiches

Artist: Wythe Street Deli

This piece holds a unique place in bodega art history, as it's the first of its kind. This is the first work ever categorized as bodega art. In 1992, Craig Blankenship, having recently moved to Williamsburg, photographed this work with a disposable camera gifted to him in a care package from his mother, a psychologist based in Topeka. We reached out to Blankenship, now a professor of Convenience Store Arts at Oberlin, and he offered this: “My world turned upside down. When I saw the breakfast sandwich next to the regular sandwich, everything stopped. I fell in love.”

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