As we head into fall, the Hyperallergic Store is stocking up for sweater season with the best art-inspired gifts, books, and toys that will keep us happily cultured and entertained while spending the next few months responsibly social distancing.
Our September update brings you a lineup of splendid new products and beloved favorites. If you’re looking for something to brighten your day (or someone else’s), take a look at the recent additions and time-honored bestsellers available in the store.
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Our Mutt Dog Bowl
Art nerds love art jokes, and this one is so good that we can’t help but share it. The Our Mutt Dog Bowl tips its hat to Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” by transforming the groundbreaking readymade into a functional and unique water bowl for pets. Conceptual art for your favorite quadruped is here at last, taking the form of these handmade ceramic beauties lovingly crafted by Dallas artists Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns.
Basquicat Enamel Pin
Chronicling the life and times of artistic felines, our punny new pin collection by designer and illustrator Niaski runs the gamut from a spindly Catometti to a dotty Catsama. Our favorite has to be Basquicat: the expression on his face epitomizes how every cat looks when they get the zoomies. (Check out the rest of the collection — it’s purrfect for art and cat lovers)!
Judy Chicago’s “Sky Sun” Dinner Plate
The latest addition to our selection of Judy Chicago products is this luminous fine bone china plate inspired by “Sky Sun” (1971) from the artist’s Flesh Gardens series. Regardless of whether you choose to use it as a functional piece of tableware or a hanging piece of wall art, your guests will be sure to find it an entrancing piece wherever it’s displayed.
Little Artist Board Books
This set of four thick board books provides your little artist with the perfect introduction to the greats that preceded them. The books feature painters, sculptors, performers, and musicians, all rendered in colorful illustrations sure to delight youngsters. The Little Artist Playing Cards add another dimension of fun to this sweet set. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the Little Feminist products from the same series!
Persian Patterns Notecards
This charming box houses a set of 20 notecards featuring details from a sixteenth-century manuscript of the Khamsa (Five Tales) by the Persian poet Nizami. Posting letters by mail can be a great way to forge unique, personal connections with others (while supporting the USPS!), so browse our collection of pop-up cards and stationery sets for a variety of art-inspired options to deliver a touch of culture to a loved one’s mailbox.
Snake People Catchall
We just added some awesome new pieces to our Keith Haring collection, including this thick crystal glass catchall featuring the legendary street artist’s quintessential dynamically simple characters. It can hold just about anything, so fill it with house keys, spare change, ashes, marbles, or whatever the snake people tell you to.
“Yellow Tulips” Handkerchief
One of our most popular handkerchiefs is back in stock at last! It features the painting “Yellow Tulips” by Brooklyn-born artist Alex Katz, and the last time we had it, it flew off our shelves in just a few days. Grab yours while they last, but don’t worry if you just missed them — this floral pattern also comes as a pretty linen tea towel.
“A Little Taste Outside of Love” Silk Scarf
Fall is coming up fast and we can’t think of a more stylish accessory for those first brisk days than this delicate silk scarf, which is modeled off of “A Little Taste Outside of Love” by Mickalene Thomas. Her elaborate body of work, which we cover often at Hyperallergic, melds pop culture and art history as a means of addressing race, gender, sexuality, beauty, and power.
Tom of Finland Leather Jacket Enamel Pin
The t-shirt so saucily framed by the leather jacket on this pin features the gorgeous, muscle-bound work of Tom of Finland. His charged renderings of homoerotic encounters between archetypal hypermasculine characters helped define a gay subculture so beloved and prolific that it actually gave birth to an XXXmas edition of this very pin (we recommend getting your holiday shopping done early this year — check out the rest of our queer pin collection)!
“A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve” Tea Towel
Inspired by contemporary artist Michael Rakowitz’s 2018 Trafalgar Square installation, “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” this simple cotton tea towel belongs to the same collection as the cookbook we featured last month. Each of the pieces, which include wooden spoons, enamel pins, and aprons, speaks to Rakowitz’s interest in using themes of food and hospitality to bridge cultural and political divides.
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They Managed to Mess Up an Art Heist Movie
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Ten Painful Stories of the Dutch Colonial Slave Trade
The Rijksmuseum’s traveling show strives to remind us that we are all, in some way, a part of this chapter of human history, whose legacy continues today.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Textured Histories at Shiprock Santa Fe
The Santa Fe gallery features Indigenous textiles and jewelry from the early 19th century to today.
Renaissance Portrait of “Ugly Duchess” Likely Depicts a Man
A curator at London’s National Gallery believes the subject of painter Quinten Massys’s painting “is most likely a he.”
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Hokusai’s “Great Wave” Makes a Splash at Auction
An edition of the iconic woodblock print broke records when it sold for $2.8M this week.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?