We’re grateful to air conditioning for everything it does for us, but we’ve also been enduring this summer’s heatwave thanks to the art-inspired gifts, books, and toys in the Hyperallergic Store that keep us cool (metaphorically speaking).
Our latest update brings you an array of exciting new products and beloved favorites. If you’re looking for something to brighten your day (or someone else’s), take a look at these new additions and classic bestsellers now available in the store.
We’re super excited about these Keith Haring products, which include a glass tray inspired by the artist’s iconic “Crack is Wack” mural, located at the handball court on 128th Street and 2nd Avenue. The rest of the collection invites Haring enthusiasts to experience his art at a higher level.
A luxurious new favorite of ours is this striking square scarf that features a pattern inspired by a late 18th/early 19th-century badge that once belonged to a Chinese government official. During the Qing dynasty, this fierce-looking leopard would have indicated the military rank of the wearer, but despite its tough appearance, this silk scarf is as soft as can be.
It’s no secret that we get a kick out of David Shrigley’s peculiar sense of humor, and this fresh yellow magnet is the latest addition to our stash of Shrigley stuff. Get your eye drops ready because while the intense neon color may threaten to burn your retinas, that’s kind of the point — art isn’t always supposed to be easy on the eyes.
We’re swept away by this magnificent patch featuring “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Edo-period Japanese artist Hokusai! Evoking a tempestuous mood that’s just right for late summer, it’s sure to transform any jacket or backpack into a thrilling sight. Pairs well with any of the other colorful patches we carry in our store.
Michael Rakowitz’s cookbook is one of the best resources we’ve added to our kitchen lately. The perfect inspiration for cooking in the time of quarantine, it contains recipes from 41 popular chefs and food writers including Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters, Claudia Roden, Prue Leith, and Anissa Helou, as well as sketches from the artist himself to illustrate each chapter. (Complete the set with a wooden spoon, apron, and an enamel pin from our Michael Rakowitz collection!)
Is there anything more deceptively simple than a Louise Bourgeois? This whimsical linen tea towel features a delicate flower with writing on its petals, just waiting to be plucked. Roughly translated from French, the words mean: “I love you (a little, a lot, passionately, crazily, not at all),” harkening to the classic “loves me, loves me not” game of prediction. (Shop the rest of our Louise Bourgeois collection!)
Horse girls and art nerds can unite over their appreciation for this pin that definitively proves that yes, there is a moment when a horse is completely airborne during a gallop. Eadweard Muybridge is the photographer behind this famous image, which marked an important step in the development of motion pictures. (Shop more art-inspired enamel pins!)
This handkerchief by the Guerrilla Girls, the collective of anonymous feminist activist artists devoted to fighting racism and sexism within the art world, makes for a polite but firm reminder that most art collections are embarrassingly lacking in their representation of work by women. However, they graciously offer potential collectors a second chance with their charming and affordable merch. (Shop our whole Guerrilla Girls collection!)
Bored at home with nothing to do but put together the same old puzzles you probably don’t even have all the pieces for anymore? Mix it up with the second Louise Bourgeois entry on our list, which brings together famous textile works and quotes from the artist herself in a fun, educational game that can be played by both children and adults. If you want to make the most of it, you can even stick the pieces on your wall.
Don’t be afraid to express some well-earned rage with this inspirational pin modeled off of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Baroque masterpiece, “Judith Slaying Holofernes.” The original painting was most likely made for Cosimo II de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who hid the painting from view as he believed it was too horrifying to behold. But you’re braver than that, aren’t you?
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