24 Holiday Gifts for Every Personality in Your (Art) World, From Fashionistas to Design Aficionados
Art-themed gifts to fit every budget!
We’ve searched high and low for the best art-inspired gifts for all your loved ones—at any price point. Below see 24 art-inspired gift ideas for all of the multifaceted personalities in your life.
Duchamp T-Shirt from Just Visiting
Something tells us the artist would have approved of this fashionable pun playing off the Champion brand.
Jeff Koons “Masters” for Louis Vuitton
Perhaps the most high-profile art-fashion collaboration of the year, Jeff Koons has created a collection of handbags for Louis Vuitton featuring the art of Old Masters and Impressionist greats. The featured artists, identified by golden nameplates, are François Boucher, Leonardo da Vinci, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, J.M.W. Turner, and Vincent van Gogh.
$585 (bag charm)–4,000 (Keepall 50 luggage)
Laurie Simmons X Milly for Planned Parenthood Tee
This quirky floral shirt by Laurie Simmons comes with the added bonus that the profits all go to Planned Parenthood.
For Your Favorite Foodie
Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography by Susan Bright
Today’s perfectly filtered Instagram posts featuring vibrantly colorful avocado toasts or towering ice cream confections are actually just the latest trend in food photography, the history of which is explored in this new book by Susan Bright. Featured artists include Roger Fenton, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Stephen Shore, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Nobuyoshi Araki.
France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child by Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt
You’re probably familiar with the career of Julia Child, but did you know that the pioneering cookbook author’s husband, Paul Child, was an accomplished photographer and friend of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa? In this book, his grandnephew, Alex Prud’homme, and Katie Pratt, whose parents were close friends of the Childs, have brought together 225 of Paul’s black-and-white photographs, a visual record of the couple’s life in France as Julia worked on her now-legendary book Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles by Cipe Pineles, edited by Sarah Rich, Wendy MacNaughton, Debbie Millman, and Maria Popova
You probably haven’t heard of Cipe Pineles, Andy Warhol’s favorite art director and the first female art director at Conde Nast, but her long, handwritten cookbook is nothing short of a delight. Rediscovered at an antique book fair and in print for the first time, the book, gorgeously illustrated in gouache by Pineles back in 1945, features the graphic designer’s mother’s Eastern European Jewish recipes.
For Animal Lovers
David Hockney Dog Days Notecards
It’s been a big year for David Hockney, who celebrated his 80th birthday with a massive retrospective at the Tate Modern in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Here, his paintings of his beloved dachshunds, Stanley and Boodgie, grace a set of too-cute notecards.
How to Draw Cats and Kittens: A Complete Guide for Beginners by J.C. Amberlyn
Master the art of drawing the Internet’s favorite animal in pencil and pen-and-ink with step-by-step instructions from J.C. Amberlyn. If you’re more of a dog person, know that the author/illustrator also published How to Draw Dogs and Puppies this year.
Treat! by Christian Vieler
Christian Vieler, who has captured the adorable and hilarious photos of dogs underwater, or in mid-shake, returns with another lighthearted canine effort.
For Design Aficionados
Frank Lloyd Wright Magazine Rack from the Art Institute of Chicago
Give a little piece of Falling Water with this elegant-yet-functional Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design.
The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition: Expert Color Information for Professional Results by Leatrice Eiseman
Who better to write a tome on color than Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute? It offers a fascinating look at how colors are named and marketed, as well as a guide to color “moods” such as “Nurturing, Transcendent, Provocative, and Delectable.”
Seven Square Inches of Water at Storm King Art Center
In order to maintain Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield, the artist and architect is selling a 1,000-piece edition of this cast polished glass sculpture, inspired by the beloved earthwork of rolling hills.
For the Kusama Obsessive
Yayoi Kusama Handkerchief at the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney’s Kusama Airmail Umbrella ($38) is sold out, but you can still get your hands on the matching handkerchief, based on Yayoi Kusama’s 1962 collage Air Mail Stickers, made up of the titular red, white, and blue stickers.
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! by Sarah Suzuki
Museum of Modern Art drawing and prints curator Sarah Suzuki has teamed up with illustrator Ellen Weinstein on this charming children’s book exploring Yayoi Kusama’s dotty vision of the world.
Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Clutch at the Museum of Modern Art
For friends who have lined up at the artist’s traveling retrospective or David Zwirner gallery show in New York, you can’t go wrong with this darling purse featuring one of her best-known motifs. (You can also snag a smaller coin purse for just $100.)
For the Fierce Feminist
Catherine Opie, Los Angeles Women’s March photo print from Lehmann Maupin
Artist Catherine Opie captured this stunning shot of the packed streets of Los Angeles during the post-Inauguration Women’s March in January. It’s being sold by Lehmann Maupin in an edition of 25.
Zoe Buckman, GRAB ‘EM BY THE BALLOTS sticker at the Brooklyn Museum’s Anger Management Pop-Up Shop
Zoe Buckman is one of over 70 artists who Andrianna Campbell and Marilyn Minter enlisted to make work for a resistance-themed pop-up gift shop at the Brooklyn Museum. Her contribution, a sticker referencing Donald Trump’s crude remarks about being able to sexually assault women, speaks to the power of voters in our democratic system. (For those with a slightly higher budget, the artist is also selling limited edition embroidered versions of her piece Champ, featuring ovaries with boxing gloves, for $1,500 from Art Production Fund.)
Guerilla Girls, Dear Art Collector Handkerchief at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Originally printed as a set of 30 posters in 1986, the Guerrilla Girls’ bold message to art collectors who neglect women artists is now available on a pink cotton handkerchief that you can use as designed or frame and display.
For the Friend With a New Apartment
Rene Mug Ritte from Chattyfeet
Stock their kitchen with this goofy homage to the surrealism of Rene Magritte.
Judy Chicago Dinner Party Coasters at Third Drawer Down
These four corkboard coasters are based on ceramic plates Judy Chicago created for her iconic feminist art installation The Dinner Party, known for its controversial embrace of vaginal imagery—but will also look great as they protect coffee table surfaces.
The Prospect NY X Baron Von Fancy You Can Walk All Over Me Rug
Baron Von Fancy created this witty rug, produced in Nepal with white wool and black mulberry silk, as part of his line of home goods for Prospect NY.
ABCs From Space: A Discovered Alphabet by Adam Voiland
With the help of the internet, NASA science writer and social media manager Adam Voiland spotted every letter in the alphabet in photographs taken by NASA satellites and astronauts. The delightful “Reading the ABCs from Space” project is now an equally fabulous children’s book!
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky
Amy Novesky’s children’s book, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, dives into Louise Bourgeois’s childhood, illuminating her relationship to her mother, with whom she apprenticed as a weaver, a major influence on the French artist’s later career.
A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol and Arthur Edelman
Originally created in 1961, and first published in 1990, one of Andy Warhol’s early projects as a commercial illustrator is back in print, with a menagerie of animal drawings plus an introduction from his former boss, Arthur Edleman.
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