Artist’s Palate: Robert Longo’s blood and guts - Wallpaper*

From his memorably blackened American flags to monumental charcoal drawings of atomic mushroom clouds, and more recent works that speak to gun violence and political corruption, Robert Longo has never shied away from the visceral and morbid. His fascination with the dark side of civilisation is also reflected in the title of his signature dish, ‘blood and guts’. A penne with tomato sauce is topped with sweet Italian sausage (gutted, to make it look extra lumpy) and chopped sirloin, then garnished with grated cheese and fresh basil. ‘I’ve been making it for years, and taught it to my kids,’ says the artist. ‘It should look like a horror show.’