2017 Gift Guide: Modern Art

Another thoughtful gift idea for your favorite people? Art. No matter the size of the place they live, there’s always room on a wall or surface for a piece of art. Sometimes art isn’t the highest priority on our own list to buy when there are bills to pay, which is why receiving such a thoughtful gift from someone is pretty unforgettable. Take a look at some of our favorite pieces of art we’d love to own, which probably means our loved ones would love it too.

Delta Print by Hamish Robertson \\\ $60
An exclusive to Sight Unseen, this visually enticing print is an abstracted view of an aerial photograph of a cityscape in Los Angeles. The colorful print, which comes on heavyweight museum etching paper, is part of a limited edition of 50 and it comes signed and numbered.

Alternative Love Blueprint – A History of Alternative Music by Dorothy \\\ £35
UK-based Dorothy has a way of breaking down pop culture, like music, film, and TV, into fun, visual aids that take you through a journey the longer you stare at it. This print takes a look at the evolution of alternative and indie music from the 1950s through to present day bands. If alternative music isn’t your jam, they also have a hip-hop version and an electronic music version. Oh, and they ship internationally!

Swissted Poster Grid, 1970-1999 \\\ $50
We super love the music posters that Mike Joyce of Swissted creates where he beautifully merges music, graphic design, and Swiss Modernism. If you have limited wall space, it’s incredibly hard to pick just one, so thankfully he consolidated 196 of those designs into one colorful print of musical nostalgia.

Dwelling by Corey Drieth \\\ $60
This 11″x11″ print features a dark, soothing color palette that was originally painted with gouache on wood, resulting in what almost looks like an abstract landscape. The textured composition pops with references of the wood grain coming through. The print comes courtesy of 20×200, who has their own gift guide of art going here.

Untitled Post by Louise Nevelson \\\ $60
A black-on-black lithograph from the late sculptor who favored monochromatic, abstract works. The print resembles much of her catalog of assembled wooden wall pieces and sculptures and it gives you a chance to own a taste of the American artist’s work.

Agos Building for Experimental Concrete, Bogotá, Colombia by Amy Park \\\ $3,500
New York-based artist Amy Park has a magical way of reinterpreting Modernist architectural structures into stunning watercolor paintings. Each thoughtful stroke on this 30″x22″ original painting almost makes you feel as if you were there in a dream-like haze.

Fission 0203 by Michael Cina from Another Fine Mess \\\ $99
Michael Cina’s talents span many genres, including visual arts, typography, and art directing, and the Minneapolis-based artist painted the original of this print that will take you right back to physics class but you’ll be happy about it. BONUS: Another Fine Mess is offering 20% OFF your order + FREE Shipping on orders over $150 using code DM20 from now through Wednesday, November 29th, 2017!

Custom photos on canvas from CanvasPop \\\ starting at $30
Have someone on your list that loves art but you’re not exactly sure what to choose for them? Let them have the freedom to customize their own gift with one of their favorite photos they can enjoy forever on their wall. Snag a gift card for any amount here.

AirplantFrame by Airplantman \\\ $165
The AirplantFrame takes art to a whole new level and brings it to life in the form of air plants. These frames come in five different colors to match any decor and the plant choices are up to the recipient (or you can add some air plants into the gift with their options). The result will be a custom, ever-evolving piece of art they can use for years to come.

XL Double Oval Vase by BZippy & Co. \\\ $1,000
Art doesn’t always have to hang on the wall. This 11″x20″ vase is handmade from raw terracotta with a textured pattern inscribed on the surface. The piece can be used inside or out and it comes with a hole at the bottom for drainage.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.