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For the analog-digital straddler
Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad Digital Notebook
The artist in your life doesn’t need to compromise between the tangible and the digital. The Wacom Bamboo Slate turns pen-and-paper notes and drawings into digital, sharable files.
For the color-curious artist
Nix Color Sensor
The Nix Color Sensor scans colors from the world around you and stores them and their correlating color codes for reference.
For the bathtub thinkers
Aqua Notes Water Proof Note Pad
Need I go on?
For the artist who needs to chill out
Expert-Level Coloring Book
It’s been a wild year for digital artists, and all of us could benefit from a gentle unplug — not only from the computers and tablets that make up our environment but also from the thoughts and plans that keep pulling us back to the digital world. A relaxed mind is a more creative mind.
For the cutting-edge artist
AI-generated art is taking the world by storm, and 2023 will be a transformative year for the arts in general thanks to this breakthrough development. Give the artist in your life a unique creativity tool with a Midjourney subscription.
For the crypto-historian artist
“CRYPTO ART – Begins” by Rizzoli
CRYPTO ART – Begins is the first book to chronicle the development of the crypto art movement, doing so through the history and works of 50 crypto artists – including HACKATAO, Refik Anadol, Kevin Abosch, Osinachi, Federico Clapis, Giant Swan, DADA.Art.
For the uncautious crypto artist
Trezor or Ledger
Give the gift of personal security! The greatest long-term asset any crypto artist can have is a secure wallet representing the provenance of their work. Keep their work and royalties safe with a cold-storage wallet.
For the artist who has everything
They don’t have this! Art history socks with everyone from Hokusai to Picasso, Da Vinci to Van Gogh, and so many greats in between. These are perfect accessories for those rare occasions when the crypto artist in your life actually leaves the house.
For the artist who doesn’t have everything
The museum in a flash drive, this collection of 500 paintings of the great Western greats spans centuries and represents every school from Gothic, Renaissance, Romanticism, Luminism, Impressionism, Surrealism, and beyond.
For the artist/collector
WHIM Digital Screen
WHIM digital screens are among the best on the market, complete with MetaMask integration for seamless wallet-to-wall displays available in multiple sizes and aspect ratios.
For the digital artist who hasn’t left home in a while
“Out in the World with Gaetano Pesce”
This new book on Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce comprises both his most iconic and many never-before-seen works (some made in the last year), all captured by nearly two dozen photographers around the world. It includes an essay and interview with Pesce by the critic Sophie Haigney, new portraits by Duane Michals, and four commissioned photographic series that take his work into the world.
For the crypto art sculptor
Frank Stella: Geometries
22 new sculptural works by iconic American artist, Frank Stella, available for the first time in their native digital form. Each NFT comes with file formats for augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D printing.
For the collagist
Lorna Simpson Collages
Using advertising photographs of black women (and men) drawn from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, the exquisite and thought-provoking collages of world-renowned artist Lorna Simpson explore the richly nuanced language of hair. Surreal coiffures made from colorful ink washes, striking geological formations from old textbooks, and other unexpected forms and objects adorn the models to mesmerizingly beautiful effect.
Featuring 160 artworks, an artist’s statement, and an introduction by poet, author, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander, this volume celebrates the irresistible power of Simpson’s visual vernacular.
For the performance artist
The Marina Abramovic Method: Instruction Cards to Reboot Your Life
A unique, boxed set of 30 instruction cards by Marina Abramovic to teach you this legend of performance art’s method for reaching a higher consciousness and confronting life’s challenges.
Using exercises Marina Abramovic has developed for herself to prepare for her incredible performance works, the Method will help you focus, reconnect with the present, and locate your highest creative potential.
For the first-grade curator
Making a Great Exhibition
An exciting insight into the workings of artists and museums, Making a Great Exhibition is a colorful and playful introduction geared to children ages 3 to 7.
For the indie rocker artist
Under the Banner of Concern by Tim Presley (aka WHITE FENCE)
Under the Banner of Concern is a compilation of drawings and poetry from acclaimed artist and musician Tim Presley. Featuring art from Presley’s 2019 exhibition in Chicago and Los Angeles—Under the Banner of Concern—the black ink drawings merge abstracted and expressionistic brush and line work, the latter of which breaks down figures into simple forms. Characterized by Presley’s “every figure” symbology in their emptied out flat bodies and hollowed eye sockets, these figures are represented as both sexualized and mask-like. In addition to his exhibited drawings, the book will also feature previously unreleased artwork, as well as new poetry from Presley.
Great Women Artists
The most extensive fully illustrated book of women artists ever published, Great Women Artists reflects an era where art made by women is more prominent than ever. In museums, galleries, and the art market, previously overlooked female artists, past and present, are now gaining recognition and value. Featuring more than 400 artists from more than 50 countries and spanning 500 years of creativity, each artist is represented here by a key artwork and short text. This essential volume reveals a parallel yet equally engaging history of art for an age that champions a greater diversity of voices.
For the napping artist
Marilyn Eye Mask
Name a more iconic duo than Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe. We’ll wait. This eye mask by Gallison features Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (1967), crafted with a silky floss filling and a satin exterior. Finished with an adjustable elastic strap and presented in a two-piece box with an acetate window. Eye spy, indeed!
For the gambling artist
Kehinde Wiley, Red Sword Deck of Cards
This deck of playing cards features Yachinboaz Ben Yisrael II (2021) by Kehinde Wiley.
The painting takes its inspiration from European art history and portrait traditions. The subject, holding a golden-sheathed sword, adopts the same stoic pose as many historic European monarchs did in their court portraits. Rather than elaborate robes or furs that would be typical of someone maintaining this stance, Wiley’s sitter is dressed in a vibrant red crewneck, jeans and Nike sneakers.
Wiley will donate net proceeds from the Kehinde Wiley Shop to directly support Black Rock, his artist in residence program in Dakar, Senegal.
For the fashionable artist
sARTorial: The Art of Looking Like an Artist
Ever wondered why Yayoi Kusama dresses in dots, or dreamt of asking Picasso: why the Breton tee?
Enter sARTorial, a fun guide to the signature looks of 60 key artists from the 19th century to today. Short texts unpack the style essentials of icons such as Claude Monet to millennials including Tauba Auerbach, revealing how they construct their looks and why it reflects the works they create.
Featuring fantastic images of the artists in all their splendour, sARTorial is essential reading for anyone looking to decode the ‘drobe, and gain valuable insight into the cult of the artist.
For the arts writer
Art Is Life: Icons and Iconoclasts, Visionaries and Vigilantes, and Flashes of Hope in the Night
This is really just what I want for the holidays. A collection of two decades worth of art writing by the man Sotheby’s calls “the art critic.”