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International Icons

Posted by NationalGalleryShop 10/05/2018 0 Comment(s)

**Important announcement: Please note that the Gallery shop will be closed on Monday May 14th for staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The shop will reopen as normal on Tuesday May 15th. Urgent purchases can, of course, be made via our online shop **



If you follow this blog, even casually, then you'll have noticed that we tend to harp on (eh) about Irish artists, Irish products, Irish everything. Today, however, we're going to give some airtime to some of the international icons that we love. 



"Style is attitude, attitude, attitude. It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it" - Iris Apfel



Iris Apfel was a self-confessed 'accidental icon'. Her flamboyant and colourful style earned her a reputation as one of New York's leading fashionistas. Her joie de vivre and idiosyncratic outlook are apparent in this short video interview from the New York Times. The gorgeous book below (€30) is a vibrant account of a truly unique personality. It is full of inspirational one-liners and eye popping photography. We absolutely adore it. 






JUST LANDED. We're big fans of art-inspired socks in the Gallery shop. Chatty Feet have released two new art icons in sock form; Japanese avant-garde sculptor and painter Yayoi Kusama and prominent Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein. Added bonus: Chatty Feet love puns as much as we do. Their socks come in a small and large size, 5-8 and 9-12 (€9.50).






Just to say: The documentary chronicling the restoration of the historic wings of the gallery, Portrait of a Gallery, has been nominated for an IFTA in the 'Specialist/Factual' category. We're not biased, but it should definitely win. If you haven't seen it yet you can get copy in our online shop






Book of the Week #15




This week's book of the week is Roxana Robinson's Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life. First published in 1989 this biography was the first to be authorized by the artist's family. The author interviewed the people who knew O'Keeffe best to compile a detailed account of the artist's incredible career as well as her colourful life. A unconventional figure, O'Keeffe was a giant of the 20th century art world, and is still seen as a feminist icon today.



" 1976, she refused to be part of an exhibition celebrating women in art in Los Angeles because she didn’t want to be seen through a gendered lens"



Read a 1989 New York Times review of the book here.



Each week you'll find a new book of the week beside the till, alongside the previous week's title, both of which will be on sale with 10% off for their fortnight in the spotlight. 



 You can get your copy of Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life here



Last week's title was The Gospel According to Blind Boy (which is now sold out!)



See you next week!