Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MUSEUM SHOPPING for Gifts #1 + How to Make a Spring Roll

Tom Otterness - 'Mama Bear' - at The Whitney
Museum Websites 
Make for Unique
Holiday Shopping 
If you are looking for something
different,the Museum Gift Shops
could be your best option!

Craig Damrauer -
"Linen Tea Towel"
 at The New Museum Shop

Craig Damrauer (b. in Denver, Colorado) is a graduated with an MFA from the University of Arizona and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and LACE in Los Angeles. His work has also appeared in the New York TimesGOOD Magazine and Bookforum. This quirky equation comes from his project "New Math" which was edited by Ed Ruscha.
Edition of 1,000
Third Drawer Down; 2011
(19.5" x 27.5")
New Museum Store Item #: 10020552
Price: $49.95


Tom Otterness - 
"Mama Bear" 
Ceramic Cookie Jar
At The Whitney Museum Shop

Larger image is pictured at the top of this issue.

Tom Otterness (b. 1952 in Witchita Kansas) is 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..."

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.

Measures 12.5 inch (31.75 cm) h x 9.5 inch ( 24 cm) w x 9.5 inch (24 cm) d. Open edition, decal signature on the neck. In artist designed packaging.

Whitney Museum Shop Item # 71477


"Art in a Box"

At Tate London

'Art in a Box' is an ideal way of introducing children to the world of art and encouraging them to use their own artistic creativity. Ideal for children's entertainment at home or as a resource for teachers in the classroom, 'Art in a Box' contains twenty A5 cards each depicting a work from Tate's collection, with a range of related art activities detailed on the reverse including painting, collage, textile, photography and sculpture.

Below is a video of author Sarah Richardson talking about 'Art in a Box'. Sarah is an artist, a teacher and an educational consultant and is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmith's College and the Institute of Education. She uses 'Art in a Box' as a tool to inspire children about art and to get them making their own creations.

Tate London Item # 0093769

"Make Your Own Big Top, Mr Benn"
At Tate London

Open edition, 
TATE London Item # 0110959

Kusama - "Large Pumpkin Sculpture Pillow"
At Tate London
Artist Yayoi Kusama 
Open edition
TATE London Item # 0102809



Meticulously crafted from thin strands of woven, recycled newspaper, and finely shaped like an actual obedient and loyal puppy, the Rover from design company Roost sits well in your home as an enchanting piece of homespun design or even as an imaginary guard over your children’s bedroom. Tail and ears are flexible enough to flap and wag. Entirely eco-friendly.

Material: Recycled Newspaper
Measures: 17"h x 11"d x 8"w 
Museum of Design Item # 476227


"Screw Table"
At Rhode Island School of Design

Manufactured in Rhode Island
Limited Edition of Six
24" by 24"
Price: $1,950.00 

Salt Cellar
At Rhode Island School of Design
by Celia Landman

Designer: Celia Landman
Materials: Pewter
Dimensions: 2"L x 1 3/4"W x 5/8"H
Spoon: 2 1/4"
This salt cellar is modeled from a sea urchin. The lustrous finish brings elegance to any dinner table. Perfect for both your best dinner parties and everyday use. It makes a great gift for any and all of your sophisticated friends.
Price: $40.00 

call RISD to order 401-277-4949


Zaha Hadid Shoe
Artist's Online Retail Site

ZAHA HADID is the founder of Zaha Hadid Architects and was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for both her buildings and her theoretical / conceptual work.

At "GREY AREA" Artists Works Online Retail Site

Sterling silver chain - Princess Length:18" adjustable, plexiglas pendant of Miss Fabiola (Black) or Opera Length: 36" adjustable with a sterling silver chain. Three styles: Opal, Black, Clear

HEAVEN, 2011 (neon)
by ANTHONY JAMES At "GREY AREA" Artist's Online Retail Site

AP 2/6
14 X 32 IN.
$8,000.00 - HEAVEN, 2011 (WHITE)

The piece glows white. Please inquire if interested in another color.
Anthony James has invested his work with allusions to desire, sacrifice, violence, loss, and death. Drawing from influences as diverse as popular culture, contemporary philosophy, science fiction, and greek mythology. HEAVEN, 2011 remixes the visual language of the craft drawings of Andy Warhol in glowing neon.



A Vietnamese Spring Roll is finger food which is wrapped in rice paper. Goi Cuon (Spring Roll) is usually made from shrimp with rice vermicelli, lettuce, mint, cilantro, and carrots. It is served cold along with a sauce made from Hoisin sauce, garlic, peanuts, and water or Nuoc Cham liquid. One of the main differences between Spring Rolls and Egg Rolls is an egg roll is fried and spring rolls are made with cooked meats and seafood along with fresh vegitables.

How to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls:
From an Asian market buy rice paper (Banh Trang), rice vermicelli, and chirashi chilli garlic sauce.

For the Rolls
6 sheets rice paper
2 large leaves of green lettuce, cut into small pieces
3 ounces rice vermicelli, cooked
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
12 mint leaves
1/2 carrot, (julienne)
9 shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and cut in-half

For the Sauces
1 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 teaspoon garlic chili sauce (Chirashi)
2 3/4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts

    • Bring some water to a boil.
    • Boil rice vermicelli for 3 to 5 minutes or until al dente, drain.
    • Dip the rice paper in a large bowl of warm water so it will become soft
    Place the rice paper on a flat area, then place 3 haft shrimps, a small amount of lettuce, cilantro, 2 mint leaves, carrot slivers and noodles at the bottom edge of the circle.
  • Fold the right and left sides of the rice paper circle in towards the middle.
  • Make the final package by rolling from the bottom and seal the roll with a touch of warm water.
  • Sauces: 
  • In a small bowl combine:  fish sauce, water, lime juice, garlic, sugar and chili sauce together. 
  • In another bowl combine:  hoisin sauce, peanuts, and chilli sauce. 
  • Serve the rolls with these two dipping sauces.
Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

1 comment:

  1. Art in a Box' is an ideal way of introducing children to the world of art, Send gifts to Pakistan from UK.