Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ik-Joong Kang, Starving Artists' Restaurant Guide, self-published, 1996

Ik-Joong Kang is a Korean born installation artist and a longtime resident of New York. After graduating from the Pratt Institute in 1988 he found a cheap studio in Chinatown and along with a bunch of other artists in the same building they created the Tuesday Lunch Club (TLC) that met once a week for 8 years for cheap meals. This booklet features 14 restaurants that the TLC discovered that provided the best meals for under $4. On the back of the image of each restaurant is a list that includes prices, hours, and a selection of the 'best' meals and their prices, along with a meal that Kang recommended. 

Kang sold the booklet at the Whitney Museum of Art and apparently they sold out almost immediately. Revised versions were published in 1998 and 2000. Interestingly hidden in the credits for the booklet is this one "This book is made possible by my wife's generous donation!" For an article about Kang and his book, and from which I have drawn for this text go to: Food&Drink - Ik-Joong Kang’s Chinatown Restaurant Guide

15 pages double-sided at 3" x 3" and open 3ft 9inches.


  1. Just curious, any idea what this might be worth today? I can't find any sales records. I'm also wondering how many were printed in '96. Thanks

  2. I was given this accordion so no real idea of value, but probably under $100..