Holiday gift inspiration from ICA’s bookshop

Miranda: alex and grace

Program Curator Alex Klein and Spiegel Fellow Grace Ambrose. Photo: Patterson Beckwith

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

While the onset of winter might have you feeling blue, ICA is here to give you some inspiration for holiday gift giving. If you’re searching for the perfect presents for your art-loving friends, we’ve got you covered!

Our online bookshop makes shopping simple, or buy your gifts in person and see the exhibitions before they close on December 28 (be sure to note our holiday hours).

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Film

The Happy Show (2012), Sagmeister’s first museum exhibition in the United States, both documents a series of self-experiments attempting to improve his personal happiness, and anticipates his ongoing feature length film, The Happy Film. Includes an interview between Sagmeister and former ICA director Claudia Gould.

This fun-sized book makes the perfect stocking stuffer! $20
*Stefan Sagmeister The Happy Film Pitch Book* cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.

First Among Equals

Focusing on Los Angeles and Philadelphia, First Among Equals (2012) considered the various modes that contemporary artists have developed to work with their peers and reach across generations. Essays by ICA curators Alex Klein and Kate Kraczon.

Be bicoastal and enjoy the bright photographs in First Among Equals. $20
*First Among Equals* book cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.

Ruffneck Constructivists

Ruffneck Constructivists (2014), a group exhibition curated by artist Kara Walker, brought together eleven international artists in order to define a contemporary manifesto of urban architecture and change—and specifically to ask “what would a Black Architecture look like?” Essays by guest curator Kara Walker and architect Craig L. Wilkins.

Reflect on modernism and consider space and subjectivity. (But you’ll have to find your own bumble bee ornament!) $25
*Ruffneck Constructivists* book cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.

Excursus I-IV

This sourcebook for ICA’s multifaceted initiative, Excursus (2011–13), offers summaries, ephemera, and checklists for each re-imagining of the physical and discursive space of the museum. Participants: Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, Primary Information. Texts by ICA curator Alex Klein.

Unearth the archive again and again with your very own copy of Excursus.$12
*Excursus* book cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.

Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries

In her latest text, New York artist Moyra Davey considers the work of French playwright and political activist Jean Genet, while examining fugitive moments from her own life. An essay by Alison Strayer reflects on Davey’s themes.

The publication is part of a group of new works and can be read both as an artist’s book and a catalogue to accompany the ICA and MUMOK exhibitionBurn the Diaries (2014). $27
*Burn the Diaries* book cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads

The Los Angeles–based sculptor Jason Rhoades was widely celebrated for sprawling, ambitious, and daring works. Jason Rhoades, Four Roads(2013) centers on four highly sensory, large-scale sculptures via four critical essays that help unify Rhoades’s labyrinthine, often overwhelming methods into the single overarching project he envisioned. Texts by ICA curator Ingrid Schaffner; essays by Martha Buskirk, Chris Kraus, and Paul Schimmel.

This exhibition is now on a European tour, but you were the first to see it! $45
*Jason Rhoades, Four Roads* book cover, holiday gift guide (2014)

Photo: Sarah Krueger.