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.
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.
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)!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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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