upscale euphemisms for "reproduction".
It does not matter if the piece is obviously a poster or if it
is a signed and numbered piece printed on fancy paper by computer,
offset lithography, or silkscreen. If the image is based on an
original work of art existing independently, it considered a
Wall Decor is not necessarily
bad. If the image truly appeals to you, it might not matter that
the piece is not original art. Most people just want something
they like tp put over their sofa and dont really care. The
problem occurs when wall decor is overpriced. Do not spend more
than $800 for any framed, large limited edition print and please
don't spend over $500 on something less than 30x22 inches framed.
not let anyone persuade you that because a piece of art is signed
and numbered that it is a great investment. (Actually, it may
be a good investment in a very long term. Who knew Pez containers
would sell for hundreds of dollars?)But If your wall decor happens
to increase in value it will be considered part of the collectible
market, not the art market.
is an original work of art made by the artist. Even if it's a painting
by your Aunt Sally, or the lady next door. Of course, a reproduction
of a fine image is better than an awful painting which is real
art. so real art is not necessarily good.
Computers and the
Web - A New Twist on Limited Editions
The emergence of
the web has spawned a new twist on the old "limited
edition". Limited editions,for the most part, have in
the past consisted of reproductions of master paintings in
poster form, or reproductions of art from the commercial
tacky market. But the landscape is changing.. Responding
to the potential distribution advantages of the web, some
very astute art dealerss ahve developed web businesses that
sell reprodcutions of art by top contemporary names. These
sites have a proponderance
of photographic material, because photography lends itself paticularly
well to being reproduced photographically. And since many of today's
avant garde artists work exclusively in a photogaphic medium, their
work often lends itself to being reproduced in this manner. There
are some wonderful images on these sites and they are as they certainly
should be, reasonably priced.
These new sites are:
1. Is a photogmechanical
reproduction of a photograph, still a limited edition. perhaps
a photograph is by definition an original print.
2. Is an image created on a computer and then printed an origianal?
I think yes.