Art: Digital/Nondigital

<b>Digital:</b> <i><a href="http://www.20x200.com/">http://www.20x200.com</a></i><br>
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Many art galleries will go out of their way to help you purchase a work of art for a friend or relative, from arranging store credits to setting up wedding registries. But nobody makes buying digital prints by contemporary artists quite as easy as the <b>online retailer 20x200</b>. Their "gift" section groups images that might appeal to different sensibilities, whether animal lovers, "word nerds," sports fans, "girly girls," or foodies. But if you can't decide, it's easy enough to create an account and buy a gift certificate that matches your budget &#8212; from $20 to $5,000 &#8212; and have it emailed within minutes. Just keep in mind that these are usually digital or ink-jet prints in large editions &#8212; not the traditional recipe for art that gains in value.<br>
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<b>Nondigital:</b> "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde" (San Francisco <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000195" title="Museum of Modern Art" href="/topic/arts-culture/art/museum-of-modern-art-PLCUL000195.topic"><a href="http://www.sfmoma.org/">Museum of Modern Art</a></a>); $75<br>
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What is better than giving a museum lover a handsome coffee-table book? Finding one that is full of images by both Picasso and Matisse. Published by SFMOMA for the exhibition that opened there this summer (and heads to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000184" title="Metropolitan Museum of Art" href="/topic/arts-culture/art/metropolitan-museum-of-art-PLCUL000184.topic">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> in New York this winter), <b>"The Steins Collect" </b>looks at <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001900" title="Gertrude Stein" href="/topic/arts-culture/gertrude-stein-PEHST001900.topic">Gertrude Stein</a> and her partner Alice B. Toklas as well as Stein's brothers Leo and Michael as great patrons of modern art. The catalog reproduces the paintings they owned as well as providing scholarly essays and archival material that set the scene, in Paris mainly, for what it was actually like to live among the artists who invented modernism.<br>
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-- Jori Finkel
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( Aaron Straup Cope / 20x200; Yale University Press )

Digital: http://www.20x200.com

Many art galleries will go out of their way to help you purchase a work of art for a friend or relative, from arranging store credits to setting up wedding registries. But nobody makes buying digital prints by contemporary artists quite as easy as the online retailer 20x200. Their "gift" section groups images that might appeal to different sensibilities, whether animal lovers, "word nerds," sports fans, "girly girls," or foodies. But if you can't decide, it's easy enough to create an account and buy a gift certificate that matches your budget — from $20 to $5,000 — and have it emailed within minutes. Just keep in mind that these are usually digital or ink-jet prints in large editions — not the traditional recipe for art that gains in value.

Nondigital: "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde" (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art); $75

What is better than giving a museum lover a handsome coffee-table book? Finding one that is full of images by both Picasso and Matisse. Published by SFMOMA for the exhibition that opened there this summer (and heads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this winter), "The Steins Collect" looks at Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas as well as Stein's brothers Leo and Michael as great patrons of modern art. The catalog reproduces the paintings they owned as well as providing scholarly essays and archival material that set the scene, in Paris mainly, for what it was actually like to live among the artists who invented modernism.

-- Jori Finkel

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