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)”
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.
FOR: THE TRICKSTER
Product: Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari “I Love You Plate”
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.
FOR: LOVE BIRDS AND BIRD LOVERS
Product: Kissing Pipers Necklace by Veng RWK
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.
FOR: THE PHOTOGRAPHY BUFF
Product: “Love & Lust” by Peter Hujar
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.
FOR: THE WELL-SUITED COUPLE
Product: Rob Wynne Blood Cufflinks
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.
FOR: THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO LOOK GOOD IN BED
Product: Pajama Set Designed by Joyce Pensato
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
FOR: YOUR BLEUE VALENTINE
Product: Yves Klein “Petite Vénus Bleue” Pin
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.
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.
FOR: THE PERSON WHO LIKES TO SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
Product: Amy Sillman Vases (Set of 3)
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.
FOR: YOUR ARM CANDY
Product: Orly Genger Copy of Crosby Bracelet
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.
FOR: THE DESIGNING MIND
Product: Josef Hoffmann Champagne Flutes
Conceived by architect and designer Josef Hoffmann in 1917, these sleek crystal glasses are sold at the Neue Galerie Design Shop.
FOR: THE PERSON WHO MAKES YOUR HEART SKIP A BEAT
Product: Keith Haring Heart Decal
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.
FOR: THE YOGI
Product: Wim Delvoye Yoga Mat
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.
FOR: THE BODY CONSCIOUS
Product: “Fat Butt, Greasy Sausage” Print by Kinke Kooi
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.
Product: Man Ray Gold Lips Lapel Pin
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.
FOR: THE WORDSMITH
Product: Barbara Kruger Tote Bag
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.
FOR: THE BEACH BUM
Product: Tracey Emin Beach Towel
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).
FOR: THE SENTIMENTAL
Product: David Sandlin Valentine
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.
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.
FOR: THE NOSTALGIC
Product: Sandro Kopp “Snoopy” Print
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.