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From presents for him to gifts for her, the Art Fix Gift Guide has the best ideas for under your 2020 tree. From accessories to books, discover the best art-themed gifts for this Christmas season, curated by Art Fix. We’ve even included some real art works for you to gift, because what better present than that of art?

HOMEWARE

Louise Bourgeois, Spirals Teacup & Saucer

If we could, we’d buy Louise Bourgeois-everything, but these spirals and teacup saucers will do (for now). They will add an artful twist to your daily cup of tea this winter.

Sarah van Sonsbeek, White Table Candle

What better gift to give than that of light? If you’re looking for a more affordable gift, check out this beautiful white table candle edition by Dutch artist Sarah van Sonsbeeck. We’ve all had a tough year, and this candle is a beautiful gift to burn as we leave this time behind us.

David Shrigley, Hand Sanitizer

Whether we like it or not, this item has become an essential part of our lives. Up your family or friend’s anti-COVID game by gifting this humorous David Shrigley sanitizer.

Studio Drift, Dandelight

The Studio Drift Dandelight is made of a real dandelion that is picked in large numbers in every spring and where each seed is placed one by one on an LED light.

  • Price: Dandelight €138. Dandelight with glass dome and concrete base €360
  • Buy here: frozenfountain.com

Judy Chicago, Dinner Party Coasters

This set of coasters is the result of a collaboration between Third Drawer Down Studio and Judy Chicago. The beautifully packaged gift is inspired by Chicago’s installation, “The Dinner Party”, which consists of a triangular table with thirty-nine place settings dedicated to prominent women throughout history. Each coaster represents an important historical woman: Hypatia, Sappho, Primordial Goddess and Isabella d’Este. Talk about finding the perfect gift!

Yayoi Kusama, Soft Pumpkin Sculpture

You’re probably used to seeing pumpkins in museums and exhibition halls, but what if you could bring it into a special someone’s home? This is undoubtedly an ideal gift for all Kusama fans out there. These pumpkin-shaped soft sculptures are made of parachute nylon, a strong and long lasting material. A meaningful and unique gift that will last forever.

Andy Warhol, Soup Can Vase

This handmade colorful porcelain vase is a great way to add a little bit of color to the lives of pop art lovers. 

Kehinde Wiley, Porcelain Plate 

This plate series by Kehinde Wiley, the artist behind Obama’s official presidential portrait, is just what we needed to step up our art game! Also a great gift for the Art Fixers who saw his exhibition in Cannes this Summer. Both decorative and functional, this stamped signature open edition has holes for hanging and is dishwasher safe. Amazing, right?  

Keith Haring, Perfumed Candle

Remember graffiti artist Keith Haring from our first episode: “The City Is My Canvas”? Ligne Blanche offers a range of candles with Haring’s iconic illustrations that will add a touch of pop art to your home. 

Mickalene Thomas, Pillow (Cover Only)

Dark days and grey skies getting you and your friends down? Gift this electric pillow cover, a stunning reproduction of Clarivel Centered, a work by Mickalene Thomas, an artist engrossed by depicting different versions of black female beauty in her work.

Bella Freud, Art Candle

The Bella Freud Art Candle is not just any candle. Its scent reminds us of our happy place: an art studio! Notes of Palmarosa, Cedar and Lilacs capture the smell of oil paint, old wood, and paint brushes. Perfect for a December or January evening.

David Shrigley, Be Nice Tea Towel

Making a comeback from Episode 6 on Humor in Art, David Shrigley is back this holiday season with a cheerful Be Nice tea towel. This kitchen staple is a reproduction of an iconic piece that has been turned into a functional product. The best way to add an artful twist to an art lover’s kitchen! 

Louise Bourgeois, Be Calm Catchall Tray

The best gifts are those we never really knew we needed. This Louise Bourgeois Catchall Tray is our Art Fix case in point. Give something that’s both practical and decorative, a great message after a year of uncertainty and turbulence for many.

Alex Katz, Large Dog Pillow

No art lover’s couch is complete without an artsy pillow! This Alex Katz dog pillow will definitely be a conversation starter at dinner parties, and may be a good gift for those who have always loved a dog but simply can’t commit to the many daily walks (we all have that one friend).

Lucia Kaas, Wooden Art Dolls

The Sketch.inc for Lucie Kaas collection includes some of the greatest legends and icons within the fashion, art, music and cultural world. The collection grows each season with the dolls making their place in the world of designer collectibles. Do you recognise Piet Mondrian and Yayoi Kusama from Episode 8?

BOOKS

Great Women Artists

This book is not just any book; it is the most extensive illustrated book of women artists ever published. It features more than 400 artists covering around 500 years of art. A true must-have for all lovers of female artists.

JR Inside Out 

“Inside Out” is the perfect gift for under the tree of any JR fan. Its pages are filled with hundreds of images from his global art project, as well as contributions about how his work has become an international platform for social change. The perfect way for your friend or family to spend their stay-at-home holidays.

Alex Katz

Alex Katz’s collection of brightly colored figurative paintings is a great addition to any art enthusiast’s coffee table. This spectacular hardcover book contains more than 300 images by Katz, many of which had been previously unpublished. The author, art critic Carter Ratcliff, who studied Katz’s work for more than five decades, traces the development of the artist’s unique American style. A style that has an illusive appearance of simplicity that is extremely hard to achieve. “I like to make an image that is so simple you can’t avoid it, and so complicated you can’t figure it out”, said Katz. A must-have for any art lover this holiday season!

Artsy Cats

Artsy Cats is a “pawsitively purrfect” tour through modern art history for little ones, where modern art is introduced through cat portraits. Start ‘em young this holiday season, and perhaps we’ll soon have our youngest Art Fix member!

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity Children’s Book

This colorful (and dotty) book tells the story of Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama through wonderful reproductions of her most famous works. A great way to introduce this world-famous artist and her groundbreaking art to children, while skipping the long museums lines to see her infinity rooms IRL. 

For more books keep an eye out for next week’s story, which will feature all the art books to gift this holiday season.

ACCESSORIES

Judy Chicago, Silk Scarf

Inspired by one of Judy Chicago’s first artworks and referencing her Feminist art organization, this silk scarf is not only a piece of wearable art, but a powerful statement as well. It will spruce up any winter outfit.

Art Fix Bag

Aside from your art buddy, the best companion for all your art trips is this Art Fix tote bag. This trendy, sturdy, and practical tote gives any outfit a touch of color and personality. A must for all our Art Fixers out there!  

Derrick Adams X Vilebrequin, Bag &  Swim Trunk, 2020

Vilebrequin’s newest art collaboration featuring multidisciplinary artist, Derrick Adams, embodies the optimistic spirit of the American Dream. This limited edition swim trunk is inspired by the artist’s “Floater” series. These trunks are the perfect gift for any beach bums longing for some sunshine.

Mia Zia, Art Fix Style Mask

While we all have to wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do it in style. Glam up your face mask game with this colorful Mia Zia mask (in true Art Fix style!)

Parley Ocean Bag (Limited Artist Editions)

If you want to give a truly meaningful gift, these bags fund the clean-up of marine plastic waste. Made in collaboration with artists like Doug Aitken, Pipilotti Rist and Ed Ruscha, this tote is a way to give a gift to both the recipient and the world! 

Virgil Abloh, OFF-WHITE Hoody Blurred Mona Lisa 

Virgil Abloh (Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton) pays homage to the iconic Mona Lisa in a new hoodie in the new collection of street wear brand OFF-WHITE . The Louvre may not be open, but at least Da Vinci’s masterpiece can be seen under someone’s tree. 

Andy Warhol, Eau de Toilette, You’re In 

Created by Comme des Garçons and inspired by the original citrus scent Warhol used for his 1967 artwork, “I Never Read, I Just Look at Pictures”. The main notes are bitter orange, so a wonderful gift for someone who enjoys a powdery and lustful scent.

Virgil Abloh, OFF-WHITE Mona Lisa iPhone 11 Pro Case  

This OFF-WHITE phone case is part of Virgil Abloh’s ongoing quest to refer and rethink cultural references in context of contemporary streetwear & accessories. No more screen cracks in 2021 for the recipient of this gift!

Daniel Arsham X Porsche Hoody

In continuation of Daniel Arsham’s “The House By Daniel Arsham” Project which we showed you in Episode 8, the artist has released this limited-edition collection. Each garment features a graphic print on the chest that reads “Time Travel Isn’t Just For the Movies”, alongside an illustration of a classic Porsche car. 

Alex Israel, Mask for MOCA

This Alex Israel Sky Backdrop face mask has detachable self-portrait and happy avocado pins! Need we say more?

Louise Bourgeois, Silk Portrait Eye Mask

If we can’t be her, at least we can wear this 100% silk eye mask and pretend! This Louise Bourgeois silk eye mask was created by Third Drawer Down Studio as a tribute to the artist who describes the state of sleeping as “paradise”.

ChattyFeet, Art Socks Box Set

It’s one thing to have cold feet in the winter, but it’s another to have boring feet in the winter. ChattyFeet has a funky collection of socks inspired by artists that make them an ideal and practical gift. From Vincent Van Toe and Sole-Adore Dali to Yayoi Toesama, you’re sure to find a masterpiece to suit all tastes.

ART

Alan Fears, Party for One

If you’re looking for an art piece to celebrate the end of this odd year of staying at home, check out this colourful bath time scene by emerging British artist Alan Fears.

KAWS, What Party Figure White

Imagine getting your very own KAWS sculpture! Well here’s your chance: you can get it through a live marketplace – whether you give it as a gift or decide to keep it is up to you. The What Party Figure was inspired by KAWS’ popular Chum character, and comes in five colors: black, white, orange, pink, and yellow. 

Harry Markusse, Untitled & Printbox edition, 2019

Add a splash of color to someone’s life by giving them one of Harry Markusse’s minimalistic pieces. 

Hans Op de Beeck, Sleeping Dog, 2019

We love this “Sleeping Dog” on a box coated with Jesmonite sculpture. Hans Op de Beeck is a Belgian artist who has exhibited internationally for twenty years. The soft toned concrete-like material of the sculpture refers to Pompeii, where figures in everyday actions were frozen over time. The simple and everyday scene of a sleeping dog speaks of the calm and tranquility of the passing of time. This box is perfect to gift someone who loves keeping their special letters, pens, or other treasures safe!

JR, Picnic across the border, Mexico – U.S.A, 2017

Looking for a gift for someone with a little too much white wall space? This skateboard is a different (and very cool) way to display art. The piece itself is inspired by JR’s work on the Mexican-US border. If you haven’t yet, check out our first episode to learn more about this inspiring work! 

Art in Return

Art-in-Return is a platform where artworks can be traded for “the beautiful things in life”, meaning this gift can be yours if you trade something in exchange. The best part? The pieces can be personalized with the initials of the recipient. Treat yourself this Christmas, and trade something beautiful for an artwork made exclusively for you! 

  • Price: trade with something with the value of €550
  • Buy here: artinreturn.nl

Katinka Lampe, 131920 A & 131920 B, 2020

Katinka Lampe is an Art Fix favorite. She normally paints realistic large portraits, and lucky for us there’s a few available to put under your tree this holiday season. These small size editions are rare, full of detail, and really beautiful. 

  • Price: €550
  • Edition: 30, signed by the artist
  • Buy here: welikeart.nl

Maayke Schuitema, Box2020

Meet Maayke Schuitema, the firecracking Dutch graphic artist taking the Dutch art world by storm. This limited edition “collector’s box” contains 6 hand-printed works ready to be gifted in one go. Each work is numbered and signed.

JR, Giants, Brandenburg Gate, 2018

To all our JR fans out there, this is not a drill! You can buy this print inspired by JR’s giant installation in Berlin, celebrating the anniversary of the reunification of the country. Nice to know that this work is signed by the world-famous street artist himself! 

  • Price: €600 
  • Edition: 180 numbered and signed by JR
  • Buy here: perrotin.com

Celine van den Boorn, Near the European Border

Celine van den Boorn created this special edition of hand-painted photos. Titled “Near the European Border”, this edition is about the continuous flow of refugees to Europe. The starting point now are press photos of people who, in their search for a better and more free life, are stranded en masse in muddy no man’s land on the European borders.

GAMES

Art Fix Puzzle 

What better way to stay entertained this holiday season than by doing an Art Fix puzzle? This 250-piece puzzle is suitable for all ages and is the perfect post-Christmas meal family activity.

Laurence King, Guess The Artist

A fun way to test anyone’s knowledge about art! This after-dinner game features 60 artists, from Michelangelo to Damien Hirst. Can you identify who it is from just three visual clues? And you may even get better after a glass of wine.

Keith Haring, Chess Set

Gifting a chess set may sound boring, but it definitely isn’t if it’s this Keith Haring edition. This artsy set includes a white fabric bag decorated with the artist’s self-portrait. 

KAWS, Jigsaw Puzzle

And because we love puzzles, here’s another one of our favorites! This KAWS 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle can be framed and kept as a permanent keepsake and art piece post-completion. Some say sing for your supper, but we say puzzle for your art. 

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Art Fix Membership

The best gifts are the ones that last. Give an annual Art Fix membership to anyone curious about contemporary art, and be the reason that person discovers their new passion.