MAMA BEAR COOKIE JAR by Tom Otterness

Mama Bear Cookie Jar

This cookie jar was designed by¬†Tom Otterness (b. 1952 in Witchita Kansas), an American sculptor whose works adorn parks, plazas, subway stations, libraries, courthouses and museums in New York—most notably in Rockefeller Park in Battery City Park and in the 14th street/ 8th Avenue subway station—and other cities around the world. He was the first artist ever to have contributed a balloon to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “…he made a giant Humpty Dumpty suspended in an upside-down tumble, as though he might have jumped from one of the swanky Central Park West rooftops…”

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His style is often described as cartoonish and cheerful but tends to carry a political punch.His sculptures are filled with multiple meanings and allude to sex, class, money and race.These sculptures depict, among other things, huge pennies, pudgy characters in business suits with moneybag heads, helmeted workers holding giant tools, and an alligator crawling out from under a sewer cover. The main theme of his work seems to be the struggle of the little man against the capitalist machine in a difficult and strange city. His aesthetic can be seen as a riff on “capital realism” and blends high and low, cute and cutting.

In 2005, “Tom Otterness on Broadway”, his largest exhibition to date, featured 25 different works installed between Columbus Circle and 168th Street in Washington Heights. The project was sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department, the Broadway Mall Association, and Marlborough Gallery, and traveled to three other cities – Indianapolis, Beverly Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Grand Rapids exhibition featured more than 40 works across two miles of the city’s downtown area and at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Known primarily as a public artist, Otterness has exhibited in popular exhibitions in locations across the United States and around the world, including New York City, Indianapolis, Beverley Hills, the Hague, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Venice. His studio is located  in Brooklyn.

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THANKS by Allan McCollum

Allan McCollum's THANKS

Allan McCollum’s THANKS are 3 3/4 in l x 1 in h tablets bearing the word THANKS, which are sold in packs of five, in a beautiful gift box. Inspired by McCollum’s renowned Visible Markers Series, in which McCollum explores his notion of the art object as something that obtains it’s significance through the process of its exchange, rather than merely through its making and its presentation. The THANKS lend a physical form to a very common verbal gesture.

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Allan McCollum has exhibited extensively in one-person and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His work has been featured recently in the exhibitions ‘Museum as Muse’ and ‘ Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life’ at the Museum of Modern Art, at the White House in the exhibition ‘Twentieth Century American Sculpture’, and in Paris at the Pompidou Center’s ‘L’Informe: Mode d’Emploi at the Doris Freedman Plaza in Central Park. McCollum has pieces in the permanent collections of 63 Museums.

Give the Visible Markers to friends, to acquaintances, even to strangers as a gift, a token gesture and as an artpiece, which, will serve as a constant reminder of the importance ofgiving and receiving gratitude, appreciation, and gratefulness.

LITTLE WANDERER by Yoshitomo Nara

Little Wanderer

 

The Little Wanderer, an extension of Nara’s Little Pilgrim works, is a charming fantastical character that leisurely strolls about meandering here and there with a simple mechanical mechanism. Put together a group and watch as they slowly roam about in their dreamlike state searching for lost childhood dreams and someone to love.

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Yoshitomo Nara was born in Aomori, Japan in 1959. Nara is a part of a generation of young Japanese artists whose works are informed by Japanese popular culture, primarily manga (comics) and television animation. Recently his work has been included in the following group exhibitions: ‘Contemporary Drawings: Eight Propositions,’ MoMA QNS, Queens, New York, Superflat at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles,Art/Domestic: Temperature of the Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1999,and The Manga Age at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1998. Nara has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Santa Monica Museum, and the Yokohama Museum of Art.

PUP CUP by Yoshitomo Nara

Pup Cup

 

The charming PupCup whirls, twirls and spins about to the delight of all it passes. Combining the iconic images of Yoshitomo Nara‘s Lonesome Puppy (Dog From Your Childhood) and The Cup Kids, the PupCup head and body rotate in opposites directions creating a remarkable kinetic object. Requires two AA batteries.

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Yoshitomo Nara was born in Aomori, Japan in 1959. Nara is a part of a generation of young Japanese artists whose works are informed by Japanese popular culture, primarily manga (comics) and television animation. Recently his work has been included in the following group exhibitions: ‘Contemporary Drawings: Eight Propositions,’ MoMA QNS, Queens, New York, Superflat at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Art/Domestic: Temperature of the Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1999,and The Manga Age at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1998. Nara has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Santa Monica Museum, and the Yokohama Museum of Art.