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    16 Things For That Person Who Lives And Breathes The Artsy Life

    Closest I'll get to the art in the Lourve for a while, let's be honest.

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    1. This reusable grocery bag decorated with a scene from Hokusai's series, "Thirty-Six Views".

    2. This Guess The Artist: The Art Quiz Game, which will test how well you actually listened to your high school art teacher.


    Something for you and your mates to break out with the cheese and wine. With only three illustrated visual clues, can you guess the artists? Featuring 60 cards/artists, the art aficionados will definitely be separated from the novices (it's me, I'm the novice).

    Buy $20.99 from Amazon Australia.

    3. This movie, Loving Vincent β€” whose 65,000 frames were meticulously painted to look like Van Gogh's art come to life.

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    I mean, yeah β€” no wonder it was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Can you imagine if it hadn't been?! Aside from being utterly visually stunning, this film chronicles the life, and in particular, the untimely death of the talented and troubled painter, through the perspective of those left behind.

    Buy the blu-ray for $23.99 from Amazon Australia.

    4. This book, Women Artists A to Z by Melanie Corrigan, which is the perfect read for children and their parents alike.

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    You'll recognise contemporary art darling, Yayoi Kusama, and household name, Georgia O'Keefe β€” but relatively unknown Xenobia Bailey and her underrated contemporaries also feature in this picture book for art lovers of all ages.

    Pre-order the hardcover edition for $18.63 or the Kindle edition for $14.99 from Amazon Australia.

    5. These iconic artwork-inspired dress socks, so you can take your art around with you wherever you go.

    These cotton-rich dress socks are blended with acrylic and spandex, so you needn't worry about them falling down throughout the day. Chances are your favourite artist's work is depicted on one of the many pairs β€” there's everything from Manet to Michaelangelo to Botticelli β€” it's just a matter of which set of five you'll choose!

    Buy five pairs for $19.79 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This book, Art Masterclass with Gustav Klimt by Hanna Konola, which will step-by-step show you how the beloved artist worked.

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    If you've filled out your latest colouring in book and are looking for an alternative art therapy tool, this book is for you. Though I can't guarantee it'll turn you into a world class artist, it may just introduce you to new ways of expressing yourself and take your mind off the considerably less colourful realities of life.

    Buy the paperback edition for $14.35 from Amazon Australia.

    7. These Keith Haring x Hawkers sunnies, which are all business in the front, party in the back.


    I love a good basic like anyone else β€” black this, black that. Sometimes though, I want to have a little fun and this Keith Haring x Hawkers collab is whole lotta that. Featuring classic rectangular frames with mist grey lenses, they boast a fun monochromatic print to the interior, so you can have your cake and eat it too.

    Buy for $25.73 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This limited edition clutch bag by From St Xavier x Museum of Contemporary Art, inspired by Aussie artist Nell's Unlimited Radiance.

    9. This book, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait, because Kahlo is a goddess we should all emulate and I will hear nothing further on the subject at this time.

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    What better way to get into the head of one of the most influential artists in recent history, than to take a peek into her personal journal, complete with thoughts and dreams, sketches and paintings? Her words are in her own handwriting and bound in hardcover – a no-brainer purchase for the Frida fanatic.

    Buy for $19.95 from Amazon Australia.

    10. This classic book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland β€” but with the thoroughly contemporary artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

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    You've no doubt seen her art installations all over your Instagram β€” I will not have lived until I see Pumpkin, 1994. Until the day that I can afford flights to Japan (with my shopping addiction, likely never), I at least have this book. The classic, trippy tale of an English girl gone down a rabbit hole was made for Kusama's illustrations. One for adults and kids alike.

    Buy the hardcover edition for $32.87 from Amazon Australia.

    11. These corkboard coasters, covered in works from Louis Bourgeouis' Ode À La Bièvre.

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    I mean, just look at them. The shapes, the colour palette. I want to dress, live and breathe those colours. Constructed from cork, a renewable and eco-friendly material, they're a beautiful addition to your home that you won't mind living on your coffee table.

    Buy the set of four for $30 from the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    12. This cookbook, Dinner With Jackson Pollock, which features recipes written by the famous American artist and those close to him.

    Assouline / Via Amazon

    Is there anyone who hasn't been mesmerised by the utter expressiveness and chaos of one of Pollock's abstract paintings? Turns out the famous painter was also an enthusiastic gardener, cook and dinner party host. This unique cookbook is littered with photos and artworks, in between recipes passed between him and his loved ones. Buy for a truly unique insight into the mind (and stomach) of a legendary artist.

    Buy the hardcover book $48.70 from Amazon Australia.

    13. This Andy Warhol x Calvin Klein Bralette, which perfectly marries the artist's signature bold prints with the designer's simple silhouettes.

    Calvin Klein

    I'm not one to walk around in my underwear, but if I make the change, this is what I'm pairing with khakis and my platform sneakers. Made from super soft stretch cotton, this-over-the-head style is suitable for everyday wear β€” and is oh-so-gorgeous.

    Buy for $29.95 from Calvin Klein.

    14. This book, Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, which is a useful how-to guide on how to consider art.

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    In case you've not yet heard of Alain de Botton, he is a modern philosopher who has sold a bunch (read: a lot) of books that have made philosophy and psychology and all that good stuff accessible to your average Joe. Here he and Armstrong tackle art β€” how we should look at it and use their commentary on love, nature, money and politics.

    TL;DR buy this book, it will change your relationship with art and life.

    Buy the paperback edition for $21.92 or the Kindle edition for $16.25 from Amazon Australia.

    15. This boxed set of picture books, chronicling the lives of Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo and Audrey Hepburn for little ones.

    Frances Lincoln Children's Books / Via Amazon

    So maybe your child/nephew/niece is too young to understand Roman Holiday or understand the importance of Kahlo's self-portraits or afford Chanel (hell, I know I am), but they can still benefit from their inspiring stories using this illustrated box set.

    Buy the boxed set of three books for $37.50 from Amazon Australia.

    16. And finally, this 1000 piece Del Kathryn Barton puzzle, which an excellent way to get acquainted with every part of this mesmerising artwork.

    Art Gallery of NSW

    Del Kathryn Barton is one of those artists whose work you can just spend hours staring at β€” good thing too, because that will very much be the case with this 1000 piece puzzle. Come of Things is one of the most popular artworks in the Art Gallery of NSW and now you can gaze on it all you like, without the crowds of people blocking your view.

    Buy for $29.95 from Art Gallery of NSW.


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