The Complete Guide to Limited Edition Art Prints: How to Identify, Invest and Care for Your Collection Paperback – 1 Dec 1999
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From the Author
A clearer description of the book.
Learn all about how to buy and sell limited-edition prints: print terminology, paper and ink longevity, printing methods, the canvas print, how the secondary market works, importance of condition, storage, framing, hanging, lighting, investing, gallery etiquette, appraisals, insurance, copyright infringement, magazines, shows and much more. Every question you can think of about collecting limited-edition prints is answered in one concise book.
(The following is from the book's foreword)
My first exposure to the art business came when I was in second grade. My father was the president of the PTA and my mom was a member of a committee of women known as "The Library Ladies," whose passion was to somehow raise enough money to fund a library for my elementary school. This passion caused my parents to stumble upon an art company from Chicago that was willing to travel eight hours to Ohio, set up shop for the weekend, and give a portion of their sales to the school. The PTA agreed to support the project and in 1968, Melridge Elementary School in Painesville, Ohio was transformed into an art collectors paradise, hosting a show of many of the leading artists of the time Norman Rockwell, Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely.
The show was a huge success and instantly became an annual event. The ladies got their library (though I wasnt allowed to visit it because I was on school restriction for fighting on the bus), but my understanding was that many of the kids benefited from it tremendously.
In 1974 when I was 13, my parents started their own art gallery outside of Cleveland, Ohio. On weekends and after school I would spend time at the store taking care of customers and learning the ropes of the business. (Looking back, I realize my parents got me involved in the business so I would stop setting fires, blowing up neighbors mailboxes and doing all the other things that young boys do.) Eventually, I attended Ohio State University and in 1983, joined the family art business in a full-time capacity.
For the next 17 years, I spent each and every day talking with the worlds greatest artists, their publishers, their dealers and most importantly, my collectors. I learned about each of their concerns why an artist chose to paint a certain way, how the publishers painstakingly decided what images were print-worthy, how dealers battled continuously with publishers for sold-out product to fill their customers orders, and the collectors importance to the entire process.
About six years ago, I started writing down the questions my collectors were asking. Quite often they prefaced the question with "this is silly but ," but their questions were hardly silly. In fact, most of the time I had heard the question time and time before. As I gathered more and more questions, I realized that there was a tremendous need for a collectors guide to fine art prints, and I knew it would make the art of "collecting art" even more enjoyable.
This book should answer many of your questions about decorating, investing, conservation and framing, while providing insight into appraisals, insurance, hanging and the printmaking technology of today. My goal was to create a book that wasnt too technical for the beginner and not too simple for those more advanced. I believe that artists, publishers, dealers and art collectors will find it a very valuable resource. I hope you enjoy it.
Happy Collecting, Jay Brown