2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Art Lover

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December 16, 2013
Shopping for the consummate art lover in your life can be a challenge, so we took inspiration from a few of the 20th century's best artworks and paired them with their modern-day gift doppelgängers.
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  For fans of groundbreaking American fiber artist Sheila Hicks, take a gander at weavings by Minna ($250 as shown). Pro tip: You can also view Hicks's work at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the last biennial art exhibition that will be held inside Marcel Breuer's building on Madison Avenue.
    For fans of groundbreaking American fiber artist Sheila Hicks, take a gander at weavings by Minna ($250 as shown). Pro tip: You can also view Hicks's work at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the last biennial art exhibition that will be held inside Marcel Breuer's building on Madison Avenue.
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  Artist Yves Klein created an eponymous shade of blue for his pigment-driven "monochrome" paintings and nude lady transfers. We love him for that; pick up NYC-based Workaday Handmade's ceramic bowl in homage. ($18 at Leif Shop)
    Artist Yves Klein created an eponymous shade of blue for his pigment-driven "monochrome" paintings and nude lady transfers. We love him for that; pick up NYC-based Workaday Handmade's ceramic bowl in homage. ($18 at Leif Shop)
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  Josef Albers revolutionized color theory, and their is a multitude of ways to to tap into his legacy. Two options are these color theory coasters by Post Studio ($25 for a set of four), or the Interaction of Color iPad app ($9.99 in the iTunes store).
    Josef Albers revolutionized color theory, and their is a multitude of ways to to tap into his legacy. Two options are these color theory coasters by Post Studio ($25 for a set of four), or the Interaction of Color iPad app ($9.99 in the iTunes store).
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  As the reigning master of minimalist neon art, Dan Flavin has made his career exploring the intersection of light and color. Get the full Flavin with this one-of-a-kind Perf Bench/art piece by architect-designer Johanna Grawunder ($25,980 at L'ArcoBaleno).

    As the reigning master of minimalist neon art, Dan Flavin has made his career exploring the intersection of light and color. Get the full Flavin with this one-of-a-kind Perf Bench/art piece by architect-designer Johanna Grawunder ($25,980 at L'ArcoBaleno).

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  AbEx painter Barnett Newman's signature mark was the "zip," narrow strips of paint that demarcate color fields while adding a visual jolt of electricity. This cotton tablecloth, woven in Mexico, features a similar (though much more subtle) motif. ($109 from Diario.)
    AbEx painter Barnett Newman's signature mark was the "zip," narrow strips of paint that demarcate color fields while adding a visual jolt of electricity. This cotton tablecloth, woven in Mexico, features a similar (though much more subtle) motif. ($109 from Diario.)
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  We like to think minimalist maestro Donald Judd would appreciate the thin, clean lines of this brass bookend from Swedish design duo Broberg & Ridderstråle. ($60 at Mjölk.)
    We like to think minimalist maestro Donald Judd would appreciate the thin, clean lines of this brass bookend from Swedish design duo Broberg & Ridderstråle. ($60 at Mjölk.)
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  Frank Stella's Protractor series comprises curvilinear forms derived from drawing tools. The layered, striated interior of this felt Dart Trivet gives a similar effect. ($28 at Koromiko.)
    Frank Stella's Protractor series comprises curvilinear forms derived from drawing tools. The layered, striated interior of this felt Dart Trivet gives a similar effect. ($28 at Koromiko.)
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  Ellsworth Kelly, one of the American pioneers of abstract art, is known for blown-up, simplified, geometric shapes that blur the line between painting and sculpture. Take the inverse of those solid shapes, turn it into negative space, and you'd get something resembling Chiaozzo's wall sculptures. (Box Frame, $150, and U-Frame, $225, at Chiaozzo.)
    Ellsworth Kelly, one of the American pioneers of abstract art, is known for blown-up, simplified, geometric shapes that blur the line between painting and sculpture. Take the inverse of those solid shapes, turn it into negative space, and you'd get something resembling Chiaozzo's wall sculptures. (Box Frame, $150, and U-Frame, $225, at Chiaozzo.)
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  Moving into the contemporary realm, we love Carly Waito's intricate paintings of gemstones. You can buy a couple of her prints here, or relegate the gemstone craving to a stocking stuffer in the form of equally beautiful soap rocks. ($20 each at Beklina.)
    Moving into the contemporary realm, we love Carly Waito's intricate paintings of gemstones. You can buy a couple of her prints here, or relegate the gemstone craving to a stocking stuffer in the form of equally beautiful soap rocks. ($20 each at Beklina.)

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