TRYHARDER's 2009 Holiday Shopping Guide
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ART MUSEUM STORE!
With the mess that is happening at MOCA-LA (see post below—they're resorting to bake sales!), I decided to look into the goods available at contemporary art museums' online stores, and it turns out they have some great gift ideas. Why didn't I think of this earlier? Now you can support a great cause (art museums) while taking care of your holiday shopping list (mom, grandma, uncle Jerry), instead of just giving some standard gift of American consumerism. Here are some of TRYHARDER's favorite picks.
MOCA - Los Angeles
MOCA GIFT ADMISSION FOR 1
Help save MOCA!
Support MOCA and give the gift of admission. Have an admission ticket mailed to your home or directly to a gift recipient. Each ticket is good for one adult admission during regular museum hours and comes with a MOCA note card.
LITTLE FRIEND TOY - Mike Kelley
Wow, sounds creepy...
This subversive plush toy by Los Angeles artist Mike Kelley is a blue, pillow like toy that speaks when squeezed. 20 phrases including “Don’t play with yourself, play with me.”
New Museum - New York
New Museum Cap
Now your gifts can declare they aren't re-gifted!
The offical New Museum cap
Hell, Yes! tote - Ugo Rondinone
You can never go wrong with a "Hell, Yes!"
Ugo Rondinone’s 2001 work Hell, Yes!
Lisa Yuskavage Shower Curtain
The perfect gift for your high-powered-art-loving-kitten.
Tote I Need Money - Chris Caccamise
Ain't that the truth!
Chris Caccamise’s 2007 work “I Need Money” is reproduced on this 100% cotton tote made by Banana Republic in a limited edition exclusively for the New Museum and NADA Art Fair 2008.
Deutsche Guggenheim - Berlin
Dune - The Sandmans Ashtray
Nothing says Happy Holidays to an artist more than the gift of an ash tray. And you can boast about its quality German design!
Design: Jakob Diezinger, Berlin; made in Berlin. Pure sand; comes with extra sand in gift box.
Saatchi Gallery - London
Rama Lama Ding Dong T-shirt (using imagery from the work by Dan Colen)
No cooler way for a street-art kid to get his cred than on a T-shirt. (You can tell I am joking, right?)
MCA - Chicago
There is nothing better than conceptual time.
This timepiece is characteristic of Hungarian-born Tibor Kalman and his iconoclastic design firm M&Co. His motto of "WASTE NOT A MOMENT" is imprinted on the back of the watch.
Bubble Calendar 2009
Crap, those are some big bubbles to pop all year long! But can you just pop one?
"Popping bubbles is something everyone loves," says Stephen Turbek, designer of the Bubble Calendar, explaining the inspiration behind it. 48" tall x 18" wide.
MOCAD - Detroit
COMME DES GARÇONS: Men's and Womens's T-shirts
Get 'em while they're hot! I am loving these shirts, and even better—they help out a new contemporary museum. Holla to my hometown!
Original t-shirt designs by the Comme Des Garçons fashion line
TATE - London
Swatch Bracelet - Tatty Devine
You've gotta get those art hags something.
Cult jewellery label Tatty Devine has created a range of jewellery exclusively for Tate. Each acrylic piece is made at Tatty Devine's London studio.
Tate Artist Timeline - Sara Fanelli
A small stocking stuffer for a visual art historian.
Sara Fanelli's timeline runs along the concourse walls of level 3 and 5 at Tate Modern, providing a glance at the highlights of twentieth-century art. Reproduced on card, you can now own this road map to the major movements and important artists of the last 100 years.
Two Tone T-Shirt
Please no more Santa tees, that is unless you have an ironic hipster friend. Your fashionista girlfriend will appreciate this one.
MOCA - Cleveland
Dana Schutz Limited Edition Lithograph
Yes, on the pricier end but a nice investment when the market does come back around!
Relic, 2006 10-color lithograph, 30 x 22 inches, Edition of 100 Printed by Doug Bennett and Rob Swainston of S11 Press, Brooklyn, NY Courtesy of the artist
SFMOMA - San Francisco
Cool a radio that isn't complicated and can take a bath with me. Pheww, problem solved!
Encased entirely in silicon, there are no complicated buttons or distracting display. It is water and shock resistant, allowing you to use it in the shower, by the pool, or at the beach. Designed by Marc Berthier.
Walker Art Center - Minneapolis
Snowdome: Spoonbridge and Cherry
Now you can give the paper boy something special this year. Oh wait, seems that he is out of work too. But if you see him, you can give him this and tell him that it can be used to hold down all those poor little tears.
Snowdome of the Minneapolis landmark , Spoonbridge and Cherry, a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Chuck Close: Adult T-Shirt
Hey, who hasn't heard of Chuck Close?
T-shirt featuring the work Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968 by Chuck Close part of the Walker Art Center permanent collection and aquired in 1969.
Need the perfect gift for that designer in your life? Choose a Pantone mug in their favorite color!
Shot Glass Moose
In the spirit of moose hunting, this one tops the list!
These dark and beautiful glass animal heads can be simply interior decor, or invert them on their antlers and use them as shot glasses.
Automoblox Car C9 Sportscar
For your car-crazy child or husband.
The creation of something new and unique - born of a child's imagination - is the idea behind Automoblox by Patrick Calello.
ICA - Boston
This goes to your art dealer, or the gallerist you want to woo! Or get drunk to show your work...
Stainless steel. Designed by Robert Giacomucci.
The gift for moms and California sunshine state lovers.
The light is diffused by the frosted jar and give the appearance of sunlight emitting from the (warm-colored LED lights are used to give a more natural and warm light). Designed by Tobias Wong.
This item wins best in show for me. I want this shelf now! And did I mention it's only $12?!
Powder-coated steel floating book shelf becomes invisible behind stack of books. Mounting hardware included.
Designed by Miron Lior.