5 Gifts for Art Dorks and Bibliophiles

Bookmarc's Artsy Tomes

informal arrangements!

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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