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Holiday Gift Guide | 10 Presents for Art Lovers

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Tis the season to show the people in your life just how much they mean to you, especially those discerning types who are eminently hard to please with their desire to be on the cutting edge of the scene. Crave has compiled a collection of the 10 best gifts for art lovers from all walks of life.

Protest Button Set

The Protest Button Set from the Whitney Museum Shop is the perfect way to make a statement in style, while honoring the artistic traditions that inspired the graphics including Pro-Arts, Inc., Gross National Product, Donald Moffett, and unknown poster artists. The buttons are drawn from the current exhibition, An Incomplete History of Protest, a selection of works drawn from the museum collection that will inspire you to stand up for your rights in the on-going fight for freedom. 6 for $7.50

The Billie Holiday Secular Saint Candles from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store

Secular Saint Candles

Secular Saints candles are dedicated to cultural icons you can believe in. Now you can choose from John Lennon, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, Billie Holiday, or Virginia Woolf – all available from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store – because we all need a little light and enlightenment in this world. The front of each candle features the saint’s image and the back shows their patronage, saint’s day, and a unique prayer to inspire and enlighten. The Secular Saint Candle perfect combination of form and function during those dark winter months. $12.95

The UNIQLO Keith Haring Boombox t-shirt from the MoMA Design Store

UNIQLO x Keith Haring T-Shirt

Although Keith Haring died way too young, he left us with a body of work so on time that it still bumps. The UNIQLO Keith Haring Boombox t-shirt from the MoMA Design Store is the perfect mix of art and fashion, just like Haring himself. The basic grey shirt features a simple black drawing with gold ink, giving it just the right touch of glamour to low-key effect. $14.90

The Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop

Rude Notebooks

Social media has made it all be impossible for people to keep their unflattering opinions to themselves, and the result has been an avalanche of social faux pas that have resulted in personal and professional ruin. Now’s the time to take it back to the analogue years, where you freely expressed your thoughts in the privacy. The Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop are just the ways to pop off, whether keeping tabs on your Naughty List, Bad Ideas, Artists I Want to Sleep With, and People I Want to Punch in the Face – because there’s no time like the new year to get your affairs in order. $14-15

Andy Warhol print from the MoMA Design Store

Andy Warhol Print

Most people can’t afford art so they have bare walls, or the occasional family photograph hung here and there. Now you can bring those walls to life with this Andy Warhol print from the MoMA Design Store that is both in-expensive and completely relatable: “But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.” The perfect life advice for at home entertaining. $17.95

The Colorforms Classic from the Whitney Museum Shop

Colorforms Classic

Have you ever wanted to make a masterpiece, but didn’t know where to start? Or perhaps you didn’t have a lot of money or time to spend? The Colorforms Classic from the Whitney Museum Shop solves all your problems – by bringing back a favorite toy from childhood but with an artistic edge, allowing people to create “canvases” using any of the 350 brightly colored shapes. Suitable for children and adults alike. $60.

Statuette of a Hippopotamus Sculpture aka William from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop

“William” Statuette

Statuette of a Hippopotamus Sculpture, more casually known as William, is the unofficial mascot of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most popular museums in the world – which boasts an extremely impressive Ancient Egyptian Art wing that includes mummies, an original temple, and countless objects from tombs. While most painted objects have faded in time, William’s bright turquoise coat is a reminder of a once-vibrant civilization that ruled for 3,000 years. $65

Fuck Snow Globe from the New Museum Store

Fuck Snow Globe

Fuck Snow Globe from the New Museum Store is perfect on so many levels – for everything from climate change to personal matters. It really gets the point across, and what’s more, the act of shaking it up and letting it snow is oddly soothing. Designed by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, this best-selling multiple, from their limited edition series, showcases the designers’ sense of humor and multidisciplinary work using unusual materials and industrial processes. $70

James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro.

James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within,” James Baldwin wrote in his seminal 1963 book, The Fire Next Time. “I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace – not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

This insight could not be any timelier for we as a nation continue to face the issues of the past, which have not ended but merely metastasized. To that end, Baldwin lays down the blueprint by which we all may reflect on ourselves, and determine whether we are willing to align our lives in the service of truth and justice. Taschen has been recognized for doing just this, receiving the 2017 Lucie Award for Book Publisher of the Year for James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. The elegant, slipcased volume pairs Baldwin’s work with the Civil Rights photographs of Steve Schapiro in a letterpress limited edition that makes the book a work of art unto itself. $200.

The KAWS Collection at the MoMA Design Store

The KAWS Collection

The KAWS Collection at the MoMA Design Store allows regular folks to afford one of the most in-demand contemporary artists and a long-time Crave fave. With a prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design, KAWS is famous for his iconic character, COMPANION, which he introduced back in 1999. COMPANION has been featured in paintings, sculptures, products, and toy figures – and now can be yours its Flayed state, that exposes the creature’s internal organs. The MoMA Design Store also offers BFF, KAWS’ most recent design based on his 26-foot sculpture, in a sumptuous royal blue that evokes childhood memories. $200-280.

The KAWS Collection at the MoMA Design Store

The KAWS Collection at the MoMA Design Store

The KAWS Collection at the MoMA Design Store

Donald Moffett (b. 1955), He Kills Me, 1987. Offset lithograph, 23 1/2 × 37 1/2 in. (59.7 × 95.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in memory of artists and artworkers who died of AIDS 2012.160. © Donald Moffett.

From An Incomplete History of Protest, now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Keith Haring (1958-1990), Ignorance = Fear / Silence = Death, 1989. Offset lithograph, 24 1/16 × 43 1/16in. (61.1 × 109.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in honor of Patrick Moore 2014.265. Artwork © Keith Haring Foundation.

From An Incomplete History of Protest, now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Guerrilla Girls (b. 1985), Guerrilla Girls Review the Whitney, 1987. Offset lithograph, 22 × 17 in. (55.9 × 43.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2000.91. © Guerrilla Girls.

From An Incomplete History of Protest, now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006), Bandaged Hands, Muhammad Ali, 1966. Gelatin silver print, 13 5/16 × 9 1/4 in. (33.8 × 23.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, The Dorothea L. Leonhardt Fund at The Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., and Michèle Gerber Klein 98.59. Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation.

From An Incomplete History of Protest, now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Protest Button Set from the Whitney Museum Shop

UNIQLO Keith Haring Boombox t-shirt from the MoMA Design Store

Ralph Abernathy (rear) and Dr. King lead the way on the road to Montgomery. The American flag was a natural symbol for a movement that called on the nation to live up to its principles. 1965 © 2017 Steve Schapiro.

From James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. (Taschen)

A court order allowed only 300 people to march to Montgomery when Highway 80 became two lanes. President Lyndon B. Johnson provided security for the five-day march. There were 2,000 army troops, 1,000 military police, and a federalized Alabama National Guard. 1965 © 2017 Steve Schapiro.

From James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. (Taschen)

Trainees sing “We Shall Overcome” in Oxford, Ohio, before boarding a bus in June 1964. Freedom Summer’s voter registration drive was a declaration of war in Mississippi, and its foot soldiers had to be trained in nonviolent resistance. Organizers warned trainees about the dangers in Mississippi. People would be beaten, arrested, and sometimes killed, they told the hundreds of Northern students. © 2017 Steve Schapir.

From James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. (Taschen)

James Baldwin joined the fight for equality in the South. Mostly, he offered a passionate voice for justice and a plea for a nation’s salvation. In Mississippi in 1963, he visited the NAACP’s Medgar Evers, who was slain later that June, following President Kennedy's landmark televised address on civil rights. This photo was recently discovered in the photographer's contact sheets. © 2017 Steve Schapir.

From James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. (Taschen)

James Baldwin was born in Harlem Hospital on August 2, 1924, and grew up in the urban North. After Schapiro read his story in The New Yorker, he knew he had to photograph the author, and convinced Life magazine to run a major story on him. They started in Harlem before continuing on to the South. © 2017 Steve Schapiro.

From James Baldwin. The Fire Next Time. Photographs by Steve Schapiro. (Taschen)

Colorforms Classic from the Whitney Museum Shop

Colorforms Classic from the Whitney Museum Shop

Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop: Naughty List

Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop: Artists I Want to Sleep With

Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop: Bad Ideas

Rude Notebooks from the Whitney Museum Shop: People I Want to Punch in the Face

Fuck Snow Globe from the New Museum Store

Andy Warhol print from the MoMA Design Store

Statuette of a Hippopotamus Sculpture,aka William, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop

The Secular Saint Candle: John Lennon from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: John Lennon from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Charles Darwin from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Charles Darwin from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Carl Sagan  from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Carl Sagan  from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Albert Einstein from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Albert Einstein from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Kurt Vonnegut from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Kurt Vonnegut from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle:  Billie Holiday from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle:  Billie Holiday from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Virginia Woolf  from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 

The Secular Saint Candle: Virginia Woolf  from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store 


Miss Rosen is a journalist covering art, photography, culture, and books. Her byline has appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Online, The Undefeated, Dazed Digital, Aperture Online, and Feature Shoot. Follow her on Twitter @Miss_Rosen.