The newest jewel in Marc Jacobs’s West Village empire contains an astounding array of rare and irreverent art books. Pack a one-two gift punch by pairing each volume with a kitschy surprise.
Informal Arrangements, Peter Bialobrzeski, $45
This German photographer’s eye finds surprising beauty in the disarray of homes in a South African slum. Wrap the just-published book in a graphic-print bandana ($10).
Portraits, Irving Penn, $40
What’s your friend’s coffee table missing? Marlene Dietrich, Woody Allen, Pablo Picasso, and twenty-seven other luminaries captured by the legendary photographer. Add on a pen disguised as a lipstick tube ($3.50) for impromtu autographs.
3rd Place, Richard Prince, $30
Don’t worry about staying within the lines of the robots, monsters, and flowers in this coloring book meant for adults. A cute mini pencil set ($8) helps get the job done.
The Private Collection Book: 1970-1979, $40
A cult Swedish porn mag is memorialized in five glossy, nervous sweat-inducing volumes. Want your message to be more clear? Package it with a Marc Jacobs condom ($1.50).
No Singing Allowed: Flamenco & Photography, Jose Lebrero Stals, $60
A silent ode to the sexed up, flamboyant world of flamenco dancing, as seen by a diverse set of photographers (from Man Ray to Martin Parr). Make some noise by filling a USB drive that looks like a cassette tape ($15) with a handpicked mix.
Bookmarc, 400 Bleecker Street, at West 11th Street (212-620-4021).
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