Want to give the gift of art? Here are a few ideas for the art lover in your life. 

Ed Ruscha

1. For the beginning collector or friend who desperately needs art on their wall, think about their passions and leisure activities. Do they love to hike in the great outdoors? This print by Ed Ruscha might be just the thing. 

2. Love your friend, but don't want to break the bank? Ruscha also designed this fun apron that features his famous original recipe for Cactus Omelette. That is kinda like two gifts for the price of one. 

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3. I've always been a fan of Polaroid and am thankful for the Impossible Project's efforts to keep this unique medium alive. The l-1 camera is the first new camera system in over twenty years that uses the original Polaroid® format. It gives instant photographers new levels of manual control through the companion I-1 App, which allows for complete photographic control of aperture and shutter speed and lets you try out creative techniques like light painting and double exposure. It has a ring flash that provides soft, diffused light, and an autofocus system that makes it perfect for portraits. Just remember, despite what Outcast says, do not actually shake your polaroid picture. 

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4. Brooklyn-based company Massif Central has done a line of 100% silk scarves by contemporary artists including Trudy Benson, Jonas Wood, Rashid Johnson, David Shrigley Joshua Abelow and Tal R, just to name a few... 

These beauties are in limited edition, so get yours now.  

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5. Robert Storr's newly released Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois spans the artist's 75-year career as a sculptor, painter, printmaker and writer. At 800-plus pages, with more than 1,000 reproductions, the book is ginormous, just the right size to commemorate a genius.

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6. Bourgeois was an insomniac for most of her life and described sleep as ‘paradise’. This eye mask features the phrase ‘Key to insomnia: peace or trust‘, referencing a note written on the back of one of Bourgeois’s Insomnia drawings from the mid-1990s.

Curling up with both sounds like paradise to me.

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7. Artist I Want To Sleep With notebook - Because where else are you going to keep this list?

Adam Parker Smith

8. Small-scale sculptures make a perfect present, like this Adam Parker Smith from The Hole.

Keith Carter

9. Don't forget the kids. Choose a colorful abstract or an image with their favorite animal, like this photograph of a Dancing Bear by Keith Carter. It will ignite the imagination and, depending on the piece, grow in value as the child grows too.

10. Or get this super cute onesie for your emerging artist. 

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11. Contemporary artist Katherine Bernhardt collaborated with curator and interior designer, Maria Brito to produce their objets d’art, a drool-worthy clutch and the perfect addition to any ensemble.

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12. Andrea Zittel's A-Z West Containers are hand made ceramic bowls that serve all eating and drinking functions. Zittel has been using “containers” in daily life since the early 1990s. This series was hand produced in the A-Z West studio and then fired by BKB ceramics.  Income generated by the container series will fund the purchase of a kiln for the A - Z Studio, becoming another resource available to those in the local creative community.  

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13. Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her bold and experimental work challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology. Owens' Whitney exhibition is still on view, but if you can't make the trip to New York, you can get this limited edition set of three color sugar lift, spit bite and soap ground aquatints published by Crown Point Press. For a client discount, please contact Bowdoin Projects.

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With almost 100 exhibiting galleries from all over the world, here are the 20 best pieces from the 2017 Dallas Art Fair: 

Tavares Strachan at Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Tavares Strachan at Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Donald Moffett at Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Donald Moffett at Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Ed Moses at Albertz Benda

Ed Moses at Albertz Benda

Ansel Krut at Marlborough Contemporary 

Ansel Krut at Marlborough Contemporary 

Tony Matelli at Marlborough Contemporary 

Tony Matelli at Marlborough Contemporary 

Johannes Vanderbeek at Halsey Mckay in collaboration with Marinaro

Johannes Vanderbeek at Halsey Mckay in collaboration with Marinaro

Kathleen Ryan at Josh Lilley

Kathleen Ryan at Josh Lilley

Nick Goss at Josh Lilley

Nick Goss at Josh Lilley

Justin Adian at Skarstedt

Justin Adian at Skarstedt

John McAllister at Carl Freedman Gallery

John McAllister at Carl Freedman Gallery

Alex Katz at Peter Blum Gallery

Alex Katz at Peter Blum Gallery

Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin

Billy Childish at Lehmann Maupin

Romare Bearden at DC Moore Gallery 

Romare Bearden at DC Moore Gallery 

Teresa Currea (detail) at Beatriz Esguerra Art

Teresa Currea (detail) at Beatriz Esguerra Art

Rebecca Ward at Ronchini

Rebecca Ward at Ronchini

Julian Hoeber at Jessica Silverman Gallery

Julian Hoeber at Jessica Silverman Gallery

Richard Diebenkorn at William Shearburn Gallery 

Richard Diebenkorn at William Shearburn Gallery 

Walter Robinson at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand

Walter Robinson at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand

Bernard Piffaretti at Cherry & Martin 

Bernard Piffaretti at Cherry & Martin 

Summer Wheat at Fridman Gallery

Summer Wheat at Fridman Gallery

More than anything, I love to learn and am constantly adding to my own library. When clients and friends ask for book recommendations on art, I like to point them to the basics first. Here is a short list of essentials that cover art history, a little bit of theory, the fundamentals of the art market and a really nifty guide to deciphering 'ArtSpeak". 

Phaidon

To jumpstart your own art library,  Phaidon has bundled a great starter selection for you. GENIUS.

The Story of Art: Luxury Edition: Exquisite cloth-bound edition of the classic art-history text – the perfect gift for every art connoisseur and student.

Vitamin P3: The next installment in the popular Vitamin series - the world's hottest painters, selected by international expert.

The Art Book: An accessible A–Z guide to artists from medieval times to the present day.

Painting Beyond Pollock: A lively and accessible history of European and American painting from the mid-20th century onwards.

Body of Art: The first book to celebrate the beautiful and provocative ways artists have represented, scrutinized and utilized the body over centuries.

Art Cities of the Future: Forget New York, London and Paris – the old establishment is being challenged by a new order of art communities seizing the contemporary art agenda around the world.

Art in Time: An up-to-date guide to the most significant art styles and movements from the present to antiquity.

Art & Place: The most spectacular, uplifting and outstanding examples of site-specific art in the Americas.

Cave Art: A comprehensive, accessible guide to prehistoric art in Europe and beyond.

The Elements of Sculpture: The essential viewer’s guide to experiencing sculpture.

The 21st-Century Art Book: A complement to the landmark The Art Book, The 21st-Century Art Book is an accessible guide to the best of contemporary art made since 2000.

Sculpture Today: A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated overview of contemporary sculpture.

Wild Art: From pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture and flash mobs, this book has them all.

Art Theory

An Anthology of Changing Ideas says it all. Art in Theory 1900 - 1900 is the companion book to Art in Theory 1648-1815 and Art in Theory 1815-1900. A complete survey of the theories underpinning the development of art in the modern period.

Visual Arts

In it's Seventh Edition, The Visual Arts: A History is an authoritative survey of up-to-date and wide-ranging history of art available in a single volume. 

Art of the 20th Century

Taschen's Art of the 20th Century is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century

Contemporary Art

 Written by eight of the most highly respected curators working today, Defining Contemporary Art, tells the story of two hundred pivotal artworks from the past quarter century.

Michael Findlay

I really like Michael Findlay's book, The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty and recommend it for new clients who are interested in collecting art. It breaks down the contributing elements, including commercial, social and essential qualities that determine the value of an art work in an easy to digest guide.   

Art Speak

We have all picked up and then immediately put down the onerous gallery press release. Laden with International Art English or ArtSpeak, art writing gets a bad wrap. In it's third edition, critic Robert Atkins defines various terms and ideas in ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present. This is a great reference for beginners and seasoned professionals.   

Ossian Ward

Author Ossian Warn is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery and one of Britain's best known art critics. Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art provides a straightforward guide to understanding contemporary art based on the concept of the tabula rasa – a clean slate and a fresh mind.

Susie Hodge

I have no idea if this book is any good, I just really like the title.. Why Your 5 Year Old Could Not Have Done That is Susie Hodges passionate and persuasive argument against the most common disparaging remark levelled at modern art.