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    The ARTnews Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    From artist-designed jewelry and accessories to limited-release prints and editions, we've assembled a list of 20 gift ideas for the art lover in your life

    FOR: THE SUPERSTITIOUS
    Product: FriendsWithYou “Psychic Stone (Blood)”
    Price: $800

    To create these “Psychic Stones,” FriendsWithYou encapsulated a custom brew of small objects in resin. Together, this crimson mixture resembles the view of a slide underneath the lens of a microscope. The stones are available at the Paul Kasmin Shop.

    FriendsWithYou, Psychic Stone (Blood), 2013, sacred objects encapsulated in resin, $800. COURTESY PK SHOP.

    FriendsWithYou, Psychic Stone (Blood), 2013, sacred objects encapsulated in resin, $800.

    COURTESY PK SHOP.

    FOR: THE TRICKSTER
    Product: Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari “I Love You Plate”
    Price: $22

    Featuring a sardonic image of a knife, bloody heart, and horseshoe from Cattelan and Ferrari’s magazine, Toilet Paper, this gift is a humorous way to convey a Valentine’s Day sentiment. The plate is available at the MoMA Store.

    Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, I Love You Plate, 2013, enameled metal. COURTESY THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.

    Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, I Love You Plate, 2013, enameled metal.

    COURTESY THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART.

    FOR: LOVE BIRDS AND BIRD LOVERS
    Product: Kissing Pipers Necklace by Veng RWK
    Price: $125
    Designed by street artist Veng RWK (from the collective Robots Will Kill) and produced by jeweler Elizabeth Vallenilla, this sterling silver necklace is available on the Piper NYC website. The silhouettes of the birds recall the hasty simplicity of graffiti tags.

    Kissing Pipers necklace, sterling silver on a 18 inch  chain, $125.

    Kissing Pipers necklace, sterling silver on an 18-inch chain, $125.

    FOR: THE PHOTOGRAPHY BUFF
    Product: “Love & Lust” by Peter Hujar
    Price: $45

    This collection of intimate and erotic black-and-white photographs is the first publication to focus on Hujar’s images of love and desire. The book features uninhibited self-portraits of the artist, as well as images of his friends John Cage and Merce Cunningham, among others. The publication of Love & Lust coincides with an exhibition of the same title at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco.

    Peter Hujar, Orgasmic Man, 1969. ©THE ESTATE OF PETER HUJAR, COURTESY FRAENKEL GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO.

    Peter Hujar, Orgasmic Man, 1969.

    ©THE ESTATE OF PETER HUJAR, COURTESY FRAENKEL GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO.

    FOR: THE WELL-SUITED COUPLE
    Product: Rob Wynne Blood Cufflinks
    Price: $400

    Wynne’s line of blood jewelry is both gross and engrossing. Available at GREY AREA, these sculpted-glass cufflinks are great for a person who’s not afraid to wear their heart, and the blood it pumps, on their sleeve.

    Sculpted-glass cufflinks by Rob Wynne. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GREY AREA, NEW YORK.

    Rob Wynne, sculpted-glass affixed to sterling silver cufflinks.

    COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GREY AREA, NEW YORK.

    FOR: THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO LOOK GOOD IN BED
    Product: Pajama Set Designed by Joyce Pensato
    Price: $138

    Produced and distributed by BedHead Pajamas, these Egyptian-cotton PJs were designed for the Santa Monica Museum of Art gift shop. The museum also issued pajama sets by Raymond Pettibon and Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman

    Pajamas designed by Joyce Pensato, conceived by SMMoA retail curator Amy Coane and produced by BedHead Pajamas, $138. COURTESY THE SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART.

    Pajamas designed by Joyce Pensato, conceived by SMMoA Retail Curator Amy Coane and produced by BedHead Pajamas, $138.

    COURTESY THE SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART.

    FOR: YOUR BLEUE VALENTINE
    Product: Yves Klein “Petite Vénus Bleue” Pin
    Price: $12,000

    Layers of International Klein Bleue (IKB) were applied to a brass pin and sculpted to form one of the artist’s Vénus Bleue figures. Mounted on an acrylic and gold-leaf backdrop and covered by a removable Perspex case, Petite Vénus Bleue (1956–7) was issued by the artist’s estate in an edition of 500. The pin is available at Artware Editions.

    Yves Klein, Petite Vénus Bleue, 1956/57, brass pin, International Klein Bleue pigment, gold-leaf, acrylic, number 54 from an edition of 500, $12,000. COURTESY ARTWARE EDITIONS, NEW YORK.

    Yves Klein, Petite Vénus Bleue, 1956/57, brass pin, International Klein Bleue pigment, gold-leaf, acrylic, number 54 from an edition of 500, $12,000.

    COURTESY ARTWARE EDITIONS, NEW YORK.

    FOR: CAPPUCCINO LOVERS
    Product: Liu Wei illy Espresso and Cappuccino Cups
    Price: $185 for set of 6 cups and saucers

    Inspired by the Chinese artist’s “Purple Air” paintings, this set of multi-hued cups and saucers features graphic designs that evoke the grid-like patterns of city streets. The collection is sold on illyusa.com.

    illy Art Collection espresso and cappuccino cups by Liu Wei.

    illy Art Collection espresso and cappuccino cups by Liu Wei.

    FOR: THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
    Product: Amy Sillman Vases (Set of 3)
    Price: $3,000

    Amy Sillman designed these limited-edition vases for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, to coincide with her solo exhibition there (which opens Valentine’s Day at the Aspen Art Museum.) Titled one lump or three, the vases echo Sillman’s gestural, graphic painting style.

    Amy Sillman, set of three ceramic vases. COURTESY THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, BOSTON.

    Amy Sillman, one lump or three, set of three ceramic vases.

    COURTESY ANNIE PARK AND THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, BOSTON.

    FOR: YOUR ARM CANDY
    Product: Orly Genger Copy of Crosby Bracelet
    Price: $145

    A collaboration between artist Orly Genger and jewelry designer Jaclyn Mayer, these bracelets are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Each piece features a band of metal rope accented by a strip of soft, woven cord.

    Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, Copy of Crosby Bracelet, gold-plated cast-metal rope with soft rope center, $125.

    Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, Copy of Crosby Bracelet, gold-plated cast-metal rope with soft rope center, $145.

    FOR: THE DESIGNING MIND
    Product: Josef Hoffmann Champagne Flutes
    Price: $243

    Conceived by architect and designer Josef Hoffmann in 1917, these sleek crystal glasses are sold at the Neue Galerie Design Shop.

    Josef Hoffmann, Patrician Champagne Flute Gift Set, mouth-blown and hand-polished muslin crystal, produced by J & L Lobmeyr. PHOTO: NEUE GALLERY NEW YORK

    Josef Hoffmann, Patrician Champagne Flute Gift Set, mouth-blown and hand-polished muslin crystal, produced by J & L Lobmeyr.

    PHOTO: NEUE GALERIE NEW YORK.

    FOR: THE PERSON WHO MAKES YOUR HEART SKIP A BEAT
    Product: Keith Haring Heart Decal
    Price: $55

    Dress up a blank wall or surface with this vinyl decal of Haring’s iconic drawing Untitled Heart. Produced by Blik, the decal is available at Art Markit.

    Keith Haring, Untitled Heart, decal by Blik, available at Art Markit, $55.

    Keith Haring, Untitled Heart, decal by Blik, available at Art Markit, $55.

    FOR: THE YOGI
    Product: Wim Delvoye Yoga Mat
    Price: $90

    Wim Delvoye incorporated his signature tattoo motifs into the design of this ornate yoga mat, which he created for GREY AREA. Images of chain link, ammunition, and barbed wire intertwine to create a pattern that evokes the design of a Chinese silk tapestry. Poised at the center is a bald, Mr. Clean–inspired character who oversees mental and spiritual cleansing.

    Grey Area Yoga, Wim Delvoye Yoga Mat, Eco-Friendly PVC, limited edition, $90. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GREY AREA, NEW YORK.

    Grey Area Yoga, Wim Delvoye Yoga Mat, eco-friendly PVC, limited edition, $90.

    COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GREY AREA, NEW YORK.

    FOR: THE BODY CONSCIOUS
    Product: “Fat Butt, Greasy Sausage” Print by Kinke Kooi
    Price: $500

    This print by Netherlands–based artist Kinke Kooi likens the curves and fleshiness of the human body to a plump link of sausage. Editions of Fatt Butt, Greasy Sausage are available at Feature Inc. gallery in New York.

    Kinke Kooi, Fat Butt, Greasy Sausage, 2013, Piezographic print, edition of 20, $500. COURTESY FEATURE INC.

    Kinke Kooi, Fat Butt, Greasy Sausage, 2013, Piezographic print, edition of 20, $500.

    COURTESY FEATURE INC.

    FOR: SURREALISTS
    Product: Man Ray Gold Lips Lapel Pin
    Price: $22

    After the relationship between Man Ray and his muse Lee Miller ended, the Surrealist artist incorporated images of her facial features into his photographs, paintings, and sculptures. Inspired by his solid-gold sculpture Untitled (gold lips), this pin is available at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

    Gold Lips Lapel Pin, gold plate over pewter, $22. COURTESY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.

    Gold Lips Lapel Pin, gold plate over pewter, $22.

    COURTESY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART.

    FOR: THE WORDSMITH
    Product: Barbara Kruger Tote Bag
    Price: $48.00

    Borrowing the succinct message “LOVE IS SOMETHING YOU FALL INTO” from Kruger‘s 1990 photographic silkscreen-on-vinyl piece, this vinyl tote gets straight to the point. The bag is available at the Whitney Museum.

    Barbara Kruger, LOVE IS Tote, vinyl. COURTESY THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART.

    Barbara Kruger, LOVE IS Tote, vinyl.

    COURTESY THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART.

     

    FOR: THE BEACH BUM
    Product: Tracey Emin Beach Towel
    Price: $95

    Produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami in conjunction with its current exhibition “Tracey Emin: Angel Without You,” this towel features an image of Emin’s neon sculpture Kiss me Kiss me cover my Body in Love (2010).

    Double-size beach towel featuring Tracey Emin's neon work Kiss me Kiss me Cover my Body in Love (2010), velour cotton, $95.

    Double-size beach towel featuring Tracey Emin’s neon work Kiss me Kiss me Cover my Body in Love (2010), velour cotton, $95.

    FOR: THE SENTIMENTAL
    Product: David Sandlin Valentine
    Price: $30

    This oversize card was designed by David Sandlin for the non-profit art-book distributor Printed Matter, Inc. Each screen-printed edition features a pair of animated hearts weathering each of the four seasons together.

    David Sandlin, Seasons of our Hearts Valentine, screenprint, edition of 50, signed and numbered. PHOTO: MATTHEW PRINS.

    David Sandlin, Seasons of our Hearts Valentine, screenprint, edition of 50, signed and numbered.

    PHOTO: MATTHEW PRINS.

    FOR: THE PERSON WHO ALWAYS ORDERS DESSERT
    Product: Will Cotton “Erato” Print
    Price: Upon Request

    Will Cotton assembled hand-cast, candy-colored paper to create these unique editions of his towering, baroque dessert sculptures. In lieu of chocolates, these creations, which are distributed by Pace Editions, Inc, are a decadent Valentine’s treat.

    Will Cotton, Erato, 2013, cast handmade paper. © WILL COTTON. COURTESY PACE PRINTS.

    Will Cotton, Erato, 2013, cast handmade paper.

    © WILL COTTON. COURTESY PACE PRINTS.

    FOR: THE NOSTALGIC
    Product: Sandro Kopp “Snoopy” Print
    Price: $125

    This signed, limited-edition print features the image of a much-loved Snoopy stuffed animal. Sold on the Exhibition A website, the piece is a new take on the paper Peanuts valentines exchanged by children.

    Sandro Kopp, Snoopy, archival ink-jet print, limited edition of 100.  COURTESY EXHIBITION A.

    Sandro Kopp, Snoopy, archival ink-jet print, limited edition of 100.

    COURTESY EXHIBITION A.

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