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12 Holiday Picks From MoMA’s Design Store

If you weren’t paranoid about the holidays before Thanksgiving, now they’re really coming up. Hanukkah and Christmas and everything else are JUST around the corner in December, and then New Years! OMG! So what are you picking up your loved ones this year? Being artsy as you all are, you probably want to support our city’s fine artists and institutions.

To discover some cool art-related presents, I visited the Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop and design store in search of desirable objects. Here’s what I came up with.

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One Last Look

Man Bartlett’s “Kin” during the last day of #TheSocialGraph exhibition. We will have a photo essay tomorrow and there are a few more podcasts on the way, but last Saturday we threw a closing party for the show, which featured livestreaming of Man Bartlett’s “#24hKith” performance for the first hour of the event (the final hour of his performance) and a listening party for the Sound of Art album. Also, in a few weeks we will be announcing the publication of the #TheSocialGraph catalogue, which will include essays, photos, explanations and other texts to reveal a few more facets of the world of social media art.

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Kenny Scharf Blobs Take Over Bowery Wall

Kenny Scharf, druggy painter of 80s fame, has covered a Bowery wall with his psychedelic blobs. This isn’t just any wall, though. Previously curated by Deitch Gallery, now The Hole NYC, this wall originally played host a Keith Haring mural and has recently been the site of Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and, most recently, Barry McGee projects.

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Abstraction Dominates at MoMA’s “On Line”

The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century purports to display “the radical transformation of the medium of drawing throughout the twentieth century,” but what the genre retrospective really does is to narrow the definition of “drawing” considerably, limiting works not by medium but by execution: almost every work in the show is non-objective. This festival of the abstract is visually impressive but conceptually lacking. Shouldn’t any century-long survey of drawing include some less academically austere work?

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Picturing Black Friday

Dan Koeck’s image above was one of the finalists in last year’s Picture Black Friday competition. This year the organizers welcome new submissions on the impact on consumerism. The website explains that the contest is “an open call for photographers throughout the US to go out and produce images that document Black Friday — how you see it, on your terms.” [Picture Black Friday via @jonnodotcom]

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The Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

You know you’re going to spend money this holiday season even if it’s only a gift or two for friends, family or that special someone. So, why not spending money in a way that supports emerging galleries, craftspeople, artists, charities, or quality small businesses that are trying to do something different.

Here is our short guide to some ideas for creative and affordable gifts.

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Murakami Floats in Thanksgiving Parade, Dances in Flower Suit

Think contemporary art’s going mainstream? It doesn’t end with Louis Vuitton bags and album covers. Joining the cartoon figures and name-brand mascots at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were superstar contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s signature surreal characters, KaiKai and KiKi, two anime critters that share monikers with Murakami’s company. Below, check out a selection of photos from Murakami’s participation in the parade, which also featured the artist himself dancing on the float wearing a flower suit, another trademark.