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You print by William Powhida
This Bushwick-based artist, whose very fine and funny drawings lambaste the art world and U.S. political culture, was recently picked up by trendy Chelsea gallery Postmasters. So his print of the word “fuck” written in dozens of different typefaces is not only a perfect maybe-sarcastic holiday gift, but also a good investment.
Big Raven; print by Fred Tomaselli
Available at BrooklynMuseum.org, or Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights $25-$95
This huge collage, paint and epoxy piece was one of the most dazzling in the long-time Williamsburg-based artist’s major hometown retrospective last winter, and its avian figure’s bold colors will add that psychedelic touch to any friend’s personal collection.
Flower Mask by Kelie Bowman
Available at cindersgallery.com $60
Mainstay Williamsburg gallery Cinders may have lost its brick and mortar home twice in the last year, but founders Kelie Bowman and Sto are still hopeful and searching for a new space. In the meantime, their collection of handmade zines, prints and originals remains available online, like Bowman’s beautiful seven-color silkscreen print of a flower face.
16 ounce bottle of X-Ray Vision
Available at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. 375 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope $11
You’ll be a superhero in the suddenly x-ray-capable eyes of whomever you give this awesome gift to—just be sure to wear lead underwear around them thereafter.
We Are Happy To Serve You” ceramic coffee cup
Available at Future Perfect, 115 North 6th Street, Williamsburg $12 Brooklyn-based designer Graham Hill turned the iconic Greek-style coffee cup preferred (and proffered) by countless delis and coffee carts, and turned it reusable, making this the gift that keeps on refilling.
“Brooklyn Module” by Peter Feigenbaum
Available at Fuse-Works.com $30 for one, $100 for four
Let’s face it: most of us can’t give our loved ones a whole brownstone. But, thanks to Williamsburg-based artist Peter Feigenbaum’s editioned Trainset Ghetto miniatures, you can give a would-be housemate part of a tiny brownstone. Miniature holiday window decorations not included.
Poster of historic Ratzer map of New York City
Available at BrooklynHistory.org, or Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights $40
When the oldest map in Brooklyn was restored earlier this year, restorer Jonathan P. Derow told us: “Working on something you’re afraid to touch is a challenge.” Fortunately this poster won’t crumble when the Brooklyn history nerd in your life unwraps it.
Subscription to Abe’s Penny
Available at AbesPenny.com $82 for a year or $20 for three months
Remember how great it felt to receive postcards? No? Us neither. Damn. Well, Brooklyn-based sisters Anna and Tess Knoebel will send your loved one(s) new cards in their art and short literature postcard zine every week, so you can vicariously relive that lost pleasure.
“Alphabetized Newspaper” poster by Rutherford Chang
Available at CabinetMagazine.org, or Cabinet Magazine, 300 Nevins Street, Gowanus $15
Echoing our belief that print media should be treated as a rarefied art form rather than disposable media, Chang used the front page of the New York Times as raw material for this poster for the Brooklyn journal Cabinet, in which the words of every headline, photo caption and article have been alphabetized.
”Letters from Coney” book by Rosaire Appel
Available at Central Booking, 111 Front Street, Suite 210, DUMBO $400
Every page in this Brooklyn-based artist’s beautiful accordion book features a detail of a letter from one of Coney Island’s fast-disappearing hand-painted signs. There are only 20 copies of this limited edition book, which is probably more than there are hand-painted signs left at Coney.