You know that dream you have, where you’re hanging out with your favorite celebrity artist? The two of you are in some local coffee house—you’re drinking a dirty chai latte, while they slowly savor a China green tips tea. You’re chatting and bonding about life, and art, and the intersection of life and art. Everything is wonderful and perfect. It’s one of those moments when you know, without a doubt, that you’ve been right all along. Your tributary tattoo of their face has been validated. You were justified in lining your bookshelves solely with biographies about them. You have every reason to adore this person, because here you are together in your dream, and wow—look how amazing they are.
Today, you can make that dream a reality. As Neil Gaiman says, “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” Luckily for you, this post gives you five fantastic chances to live the dream of bringing your favorite artist home.
And because this is Barneys, where fashion is art, we’ve put together five chic looks to play off each book.
THE BOOK: Jam-packed with exclusive interviews, essay contributions from the artist’s friends, and never-before-seen images from his time in New York, Ai Weiwei—the first monograph ever produced about Ai Weiwei—provides a well-rounded look at the legendary man who is as famed for his political statements as his art.
THE LOOK: Taking a page out of Weiwei’s personal lookbook (simple jackets and knits, all in a range of neutrals), we offer comfort-conscious styles for the man with a mission.
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THE BOOK: The renowned photographer sorted through decades of material to present a curated look at her illustrious career. Annie Leibovitz includes the famous 1974 shot of a disgraced Nixon and the powerful image of a nude John Lennon, legs coiled around a mermaid-like Yoko Ono. And that’s just the beginning. After all, it’s over 400 pages.
THE LOOK: The perfect ensemble for a day on (or off) set. These stylish must-haves are great for on-the-go photographers. All in Leibovitz’ signature uniform of head-to-toe black, of course.
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Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede
THE BOOK: Confidantes and contemporaries, these two men represented all things cultured and chic about the ’70s. Readers of Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede will lose themselves in Halston’s fashion sketches, Warhol’s documentary photos, and anecdotal essays by close friends.
THE LOOK: Any trend that encourages an effortless one-piece can’t be wrong, right? Jury says: Let’s dance!
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The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
THE BOOK: Meant to look mechanical without “any physical evidence of human intervention,” according to notes on the artist’s website, Damien Hirst’s colorful spot paintings may symbolize the end of individualism. Filled with over 1,400 color illustrations, as well as interviews with the artist, The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011 is a must-own for any Hirst fan.
THE LOOK: Similar to Hirst’s work, which often merges opposing elements, this edgy look combines equal parts fashion and comfort—guaranteed to hit the spot.
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Gruau Portraits Of Men
THE BOOK: The visually stimulating Gruau Portraits Of Men is packed with previously unpublished works and drawings taken straight from Rene Gruau’s personal sketchbook, and shows us how with just a pencil and drawing pad, one man helped change the face—and suit, and tie—of the modern man.
THE LOOK: A suit worthy of a Gruau illustration: For the modern dandy, we suggest pops of color and classic, tailored elegance. Go bold, or go home.