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Art Fix Holiday Gift Guide '21

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start ticking things off our holiday to-do list. For many of us, the idea of spoiling our loved ones (and ourselves) is an exciting, but sometimes overwhelming activity. Let Art Fix help you make things a little bit easier by narrowing down the options. From deco lovers and collectors to bookworms and little artists, we have curated a list of the best art-themed gifts for this Christmas season.

FOR DECO LOVERS

Frida Kahlo Christmas Ornament

A big art fan? Frida fanatic? This is the coolest addition to your Christmas tree. We are conflicted with which Christmas tree ornament is our favorite this year. Which one do you like better?  

Vincent van Gogh Christmas Tree Decoration

No need for an introduction. Portrayed in his essence – earless and with a ginger beard – Dutch icon adds the perfect final touch to your Christmas tree decoration. 

David Shrigley Opening Hours Mug 

If you wake up on the wrong side of bed and are feeling quirky, this “fully breakable ceramic” mug featuring David Shrigley’s Opening Hours is the one to use when you join your work Zoom meeting early in the morning. We bet your colleagues will love it!

Frida Kahlo Oyster Ring Dish

Another one for our Frida fans! Featuring Frida Khalo’s most vibrant portrait, this shell makes the ideal multipurpose decoration dish. What will you put on it, Fixer? 

Hockney A Bigger Splash Cushion Cover

The best gifts are those we never really knew we needed. Brighten up any room with this square cushion cover featuring David Hockney’s iconic painting, A Bigger Splash (1967). The digitally printed image is complemented by a contrasting yellow back.  

Mondrian Coasters 

We’ve seen Mondrian into a dress, but we will leave Yves Saint Laurent out of the list for now. Instead, these Mondrian coasters are the next best thing you can give out to any art lover! 

Frida Kahlo Porcelain Mug 

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, we love Frida! Sipping coffee out of this mug in the morning will definitely brighten your days. 

Ai Weiwei Cappuccino Cups – Set of 4 Cups

Drawing inspiration from his Coloured Bases (2006), ready-made he created by dipping ancient Neolithic vases into industrial paint, distorting their appearance and overturning their original function. Coffee and art, is there a better way to start your day? 

FOR FASHION VICTIMS

Grayson Perry silk scarf

Exclusively for Tate, Grayson Perry created this silk scarf to take us through the history of modern art. “In the second world war pilots were given maps printed on silk to help them escape if they were shot down over enemy territory. This scarf is a social and cultural map to help aspiring artists navigate the hostile territory on their way to being accepted by the establishment. Many famous artists who can help them live along the route” Stylish and informative? We buy it! 

Takashi Murakami And Virgil Abloh: “America Too” T-Shirt

Another collaboration for people who follow the hype. This limited-edition T-shirt was created by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh on the occasion of Murakami & Abloh: “AMERICA TOO” exhibition at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. The back of the shirt shows their collaborative painting TIMES: FLAMES (2018), in which the signature arrows of Abloh’s label Off-White are overlaid with multicolored flames rendered in Murakami’s Superflat style. Will you make one of the editions yours? 

Andy Warhol Skull Maharishi Stadium Jacket

As part of an exclusive Tate collaboration with environmentally conscious designer clothing company maharishi and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a raw edge applique skull from Andy Warhol’s Skull (1976) series adorns the back of the jacket, as well as a signature and quote from Andy Warhol himself – “everybody’s sense of beauty is different from everybody else’s” – embroidered in the artist’s handwriting. 

Calder Mini Bucket Bag

A purse is a woman’s (or man’s) best friend; and if it features a Alexander Calder’s boldly colored standing mobile, Untitled (1972), even better. This collection of four bags by Mansur Gavriel is the perfect twist to the mini bucket bag. 

Venus & Cupid T-shirt 

Graphic t-shirts are everywhere. We get it, been there done that. However, you are not ready for this Venus & Cupid inspired organic cotton t-shirt. A go to for Rubens’ fans!

Jack Whitten Quantum Wall Scarf

We love Jack Whitten’s Quantum Wall paintings and it doesn’t get better than that printed on a scarf 190 x 32 cm made in Como by local craftsmen.  

Art Fix Bag

Aside from your art buddy, the best companion for all your art trips is the 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!  

FOR BOOKWORMS

Ai Wei Wei: 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows 

In Ai Weiwei’s widely anticipated memoir, he tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, the nation’s most celebrated poet. A relevant one for those who like to stay in the know of sociocultural phenomena. 

Toyin Ojih Odutola: The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi

Discourses about race, wealth and class are finally getting more present in our daily life – and it is something we all know we must educate ourselves about despite its complex nature. That is why this book is a must read; through storytelling and multimedia drawings, this masterpiece by Toyin Ojih Odutola narrates the chronicles of the private lives of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families, the UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi, if colonialist and slave-trade interventions had never disrupted the country.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

Were you lucky enough to catch L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude last October in Paris? If you missed it – don’t you worry Fixer! This book gathers photography, drawings, and a history of the project’s making. 

Katinka Lampe – Do You Like Me Now?

Katinka Lampe’s brand new book “Do You Like Me Now?” is a great Christmas present! 
The book is a survey of the artists work from the last 20 years. What started as a spontaneous idea during her show Slow at the gallery, became a serious project. The book includes about hundred images of Lampe’s paintings and includes texts written by ten different writers.

There are three different editions of the book available:
– The new book “Do You Like Me Now?” including an original painting of 40 x 30 cm: € 3000,- excl. 9% VAT.
– The new book “Do You Like Me Now?” including a high-quality pigment print (edition of 70): € 275,- excl. 9% VAT. First come, first served. Please react directly by sending an email to sheila@ronmandos.nl. No reservations possible.
For €100,- it is possible to have this edition framed with a white wash oak frame.
– A single copy of the book is priced at : € 49,-

To see the 12 available paintings and the Piezography print that Katinka Lampe created especially for the book launch, click here: Private View

Roar!: A Collection of Mighty Women

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stares at you in this cover. Ashley Longshore curates a number of her unique style portraits immortalising all badass women that inspire us, from Peggy Guggenheim to Amanda Gorman. Many of these striking and vibrant portraits were previously exhibited at Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship store in New York.

Nicolas Party: (Pre-order) Stéphane Aquin, Stefan Banz, Ali Subotnick, Melissa Hyde

Proclaimed Swiss artist is at the top of his career. This book is the first retrospective on his whole body of work – full of color-saturated paintings of everyday objects.

Kusama: Cosmic Nature 

This book is the accompanying catalogue to the first comprehensive exploration of the artist’s enduring fascination with the natural world, exhibited across the 250-acre landscape of The New York Botanical Garden. A must have for those who could not see the exhibition IRL!

Philippa van Loon: Until It Ends 

In her series “Until It Ends”, or as she likes to call it “the corona diary drawings”, Philippa van Loon uses patterns and repetition to deal with isolation and anxiety. A great gift to end the year (and hopefully the pandemic) on a brighter note. Books encased in an artist edited slip case. Limited edition of 250.

Mickalene Thomas (Signed Edition): Mickalene Thomas, Kellie Jones and Roxane Gay

With influences ranging from nineteenth-century painting to popular culture, Thomas portrays an empowering vision of aspiration and self-image through gender and race while  questioning ideas of beauty, sexuality, and celebrity. 

Anne Geene: The Book of Plants

Through an exhibition that introduced us to the fall at Caroline O’Breen Gallery, Anne Geene’s works show a celebration of plants. This book takes us through all the microcosm and macrocosm of  leaf, bud and flower toward branch, stem and trunk, grass, herb, shrub, bush and tree. Geene’s art is all about collection, about the image in relation to other images and the ability to create new images by merging and arranging them. 

African Artists: From 1882 to Now

All you need to know about African Artists From 1882 to Now. This books features Art Fix stars like El Anatsui, Lubaina Himid and Zanele Muholi.

KAWS: WHAT PARTY (Black on Pink edition)

Made in close collaboration with legendary artist KAWS, this book features his most well-known works alongside sketches, preparatory drawings, and never-before-seen images of KAWS at work, revealing the meticulous process behind his iconic artworks.

Atelier Warffemius

Piet Warffemius is an artist who is famous for his sculptures and watercolors. These two books cover his body of work with the great addition of an original print. 

The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resilience: 500 Years of Women’s Self-Portraits

Why would an artist decide to paint herself? Excluded from art classes, female artists often had to be their own muses. This book gives account of it through the history of women self portraits. 

MARCEL DUCHAMP

Immerse into the universe of Marcel Duchamp with this republication of the English version of the book that served as a reference on the artist since its original publication in 1959. 

FOR LITTLE ARTISTS

Little People, Big Dreams: Women in Art: Coco Chanel – Frida Kahlo – Audrey Hepburn

Most of us can recall our first art related memory – it is a thought we like to keep and cherish. This book is the perfect way for the little ones to discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. A great one for art’s little promises. These three books about women artists who thrived in their creative careers are the gift any little girl deserves. Sure, fairy tales are great – but after all, becoming an artist is easier than becoming a princess. 

The Ultimate Art Museum: Ferren Gipso

Now more than ever, being able to travel from the comfort of your home is essential. Take a trip with the little ones to the best museum in the world. All while chilling on your couch. 

FOR COLLECTORS

 Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s Neons 

Light up your life with Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s pop iconography in energy efficient neon lights. This bright eye is an exclusive small-scale replica of Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s neon eye, which sat at the centre of Tate Britain’s façade during her iconic Winter Commission Remembering a Brave New World, 2020. Made from high quality neon flex mounted to a clear acrylic board, have her eye watch over your home with this easily-installed indoor light, created in collaboration with the artist herself.

Alex Katz large porcelain plate

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!

Anja Niemi: ‘The Rider Vol. I’

Currently showing at The Ravestijn Gallery, Anja Niemi narrates her struggle through the beautiful black & white images of a rider and her horse. This special edition boxset gives an insight into the artist’s production. The box contains ten prints and is a numbered, signed and dated limited edition of 12. Greatest present for those who love animals.  

Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Can skateboard – pale blue

Any skaters in the room? This exclusive collaboration between the Skateroom and The Andy Warhol Foundation is a special present for pop culture admirers (yes, we are pointing at the young ones of the family – they’ll love it). 

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 By Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama & champaign, sounds like art heaven to us! Meet Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame, Yayoi Kusama edition. Note the polka-dot décor, her signature style, is reworked like champagne bubbles. Didier Mariotti, the house’s Cellar Master, describes it as “playful, lively, laughing”. We’ll drink to that!

Art Fix Membership

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Julian Opie: Boston statuettes

Anyone feeling a bit lonely this season? This set of 8 laser cut acrylic, two-part statuettes from a series of standing figures drawn in Boston in 2019 are the perfect solution. 

 

Michael Craig-Martin: Violin Plates (Pink)

In 2013 Craig-Martin was invited to design that year’s program cover for Glyndebourne, the opera house in East Sussex, England. To accompany this project, he created a limited-edition set of plates. Craig-Martin then worked with Plinth in 2016 to produce Violin Plates (Pink), an unlimited edition based on the 2013 set. 

Sarah Van Sonsbeeck: I Burn For You, 2020

At Art Fix we love word play, which is why we fell for this artwork by Sarah Van Sonsbeeck. The candle reads “I burn for you” and is available in English, Dutch, French, German or Italian. Who do you burn for? 

Be@rbrick Basquiat #8 100% and 400% figures

Collaborations are in everyone’s mouth and that’s for a reason. The latest release of  BE@RBRICK x Basquiat figures are no exception to the rule. Great addition to your BE@RBRICK collection or the perfect excuse to start one. 

Flore Zoé – Artist Portrait 

Do you remember that time during the first lockdown when we all started baking bread and getting creative. You might have heard of “Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine” (@tussenkunstenquarantaine), which became a big success on Instagram during the pandemic. The account consisted of an art challenge for everyone who was stuck at home and who needed a creative outlet; the challenge consisted in recreating historical paintings with objects we all had at home – from turning your family into a Keith Haring painting to dressing up as the “Girl with the Pearl Earring”. Flore puts her personal touch to this concept by transforming you into an artwork by portraying you in the same way that her artworks are made. Read more about this amazing photographer in our story on Flore Zoé

  • Price: From €1.550 per Art Portrait
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Flore Zoé – Family Artwork

Will your family be finally reunited this Christmas? How unique is it to commission a custom Family Artwork in which Flore gets to your family and portrays you in the most personal way. Flore’s Family Artworks start with an interview in which she gets to know your family, followed by a concept proposal and then the photoshoot itself. These Family Artworks are full of symbolism and inside references so that you can get a photograph that is yours, and yours only. Read more about this amazing photographer in our story on Flore Zoé.

Linda Nieuwstad: The Velvet Collection – Egelantier (2017)

Flowers are always a great gift, but it might be a bit overdone. Instead of your traditional flower arrangement, this artwork by Linda Niewstad will surprise the most demanding bloom enthusiasts. Choose the color and the size to your taste and get a bouquet that will last forever. 

FOR LIFESTYLE CURATORS

Manduka Yoga towel Irises 180x61cm

Fitness and wellbeing brand Manduka and The Van Gogh Museum have released their first capsule collection. The collaboration takes inspiration from three paintings Van Gogh made during his stay at the Saint-Rémy hospital from a place of both spiritual vulnerability and mental strength – a great reminder for those who should put an extra effort on their mindfulness. 

Julian Opie: Amelia, gold

Amelia is one of our favorite characters in Julian Opie’s world. You can now always have her by your side with this keyholder. Keep an eye out as she might just walk away.

Jean Michel Basquiat Exercise mat

Based on Basquiat’s In Italian painting – which funnily enough features many words in different european languages other than Italian, such as sangre, which is Spanish for “blood” – this yoga mat is the ideal gadget to let know your gym peers loud and clear that you really are into art. 

Candlelight Experience 

If you’re after a gift that’s a little bit different (and doesn’t require wrapping), this experience gift might be just what you’re searching for. No matter where you are in the world you will find a Candlelight concert for you and your loved ones. Illuminated by soft candlelight, concerts ranging from Tchaikovsky to The Beatles take place in spectacular locations around the world. The perfect present for those who put experiences before materialism. 

Amsterdam light festival tickets 

From December 2nd until January 23rd, Amterdam’s Light Festival illuminates the dark winter days through light artworks. National and international artists are invited and called upon to create a light artwork for the festival. From the comfort of a heated boat or from up close in a semi open boat you can cruise past all of the light artworks. Is there a better way to celebrate both the holidays and the festival’s tenth anniversary? Amsterdam Light Festival is currently in conversation with the Dutch Government as for how the Covid-19 related new restrictions impact the event. 

Art Fix Membership Gift Card

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