Art may soothe the soul, but a little retail therapy can also go a long way. While we all stay home to protect those in our communities, and all Museums and galleries are closed, the Hyperallergic Store is still open and has been stocked with some of the best art-inspired gifts, books, and toys.
If you are looking for something to brighten your day, or someone else’s, take a look at some of the items we have in the store. Here are some of our favorites:
Ridiculous Stress Swan-Thing
Does the current health crisis have your anxiety levels at an all-time high? Same here. But thanks to this freaky little desk companion designed by David Shrigley, you can now squeeze out the stress, one clenched fist at a time. It’s based on Shrigley’s original sculptural piece Swan, which gained viral fame after becoming the must-have pool float of summer 2017.
250 Masterpieces in Western Painting
Reconnect with the masterworks of art from the comfort of your home! This boxed set of cards is its very own art history survey. Each card presents a faithful reproduction of an influential painting from the canon of Western art history (spanning 1440s–1960s); on the card’s reverse is an essay with key facts about the painting and examines its influence and meaning.
Guerrilla Girls Enamel Pin
Now more than ever, it’s of the utmost importance to support activists and artists. A gorilla mask pin from intersectional feminist activist-artist group Guerrilla Girls is a great way of showing who you stand with as the current crisis casts the massive gap between the rich and the rest of the world into even sharper relief. (Shop our whole Guerrilla Girls collection!)
“Eyes of Mine” Handkerchief
Sneeze in style into this handkerchief designed by the one and only Yayoi Kusama. Made of fine lawn cotton with hand-rolled edges, this handkerchief can be put to its traditional use or framed and hung on display in the home. Whatever you choose, rest assured that the eyes aren’t really following you as you move around. That’s just a trick of your imagination. Or is it?
Vincent van Gogh Action Figure
Brighten up your home office with this adorable action figure of post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, who was no stranger to hard times himself. Part of a series of collectibles including Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and more, this van Gogh figure comes with a number of exciting accessories, including a removable ear and an easel to display 5 miniature reproductions of some of his most famous works.
“Garden of Earthly Delights” Enamel Pin
This decadent pin is modeled off of Northern Renaissance painter (and rumored ergot-eater) Hieronymus BoschHieronymus Bosch’s masterpieceThe Garden of Earthly Delights. Just like the painting that inspired it, this pin is also a functional triptych, with hinges on either side that you can open and close or even use to stand up on its own. Truly, a delight.
Judy Chicago’s “Through the Flower” Silk Scarf
This delicate silk embodiment of one of famed The Dinner Party artist Judy Chicago’s first works, Through the Flower, is a gorgeous way to dress up your neck with its luminous pink and purple colors.
Louise Bourgeois Fine Bone China Plates
These china plates were designed using imagery from Louise Bourgeois’s fabric book Ode À La Bièvre, which features collages made from fragments of her old clothing and household items. While each plate is sold separately, the full set of four makes for eye-catching tableware.
“The Persistence of Memory” Enamel Pin
As we count down the hours until the end of quarantine, let this melting pocket watch, inspired by The Persistence of Memory, one of surrealist Salvador Dalí’s most recognizable works, serve as a badge of honor for all the time you spent responsibly indoors. (Shop more art-inspired enamel pins in our store!)
“Bedroom in Arles” Pop-Up Card
What better way to let your loved ones know how much you miss them than through a beautifully crafted pop-up card inspired by a painting of a lonely man’s bedroom? The second van Gogh entry on our list is based on the artist’s Bedroom in Arles series and is so delicately modeled with such intricate details that we think it stands on its own as a work of art.
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