|And why is it limited?
What is an Edition?
To that we would add: Twenty-first century printmakers - with scanners, photocopiers, fax machines, digital printing, Giclee prints, etc. - are bringing the very concept of "original" under such severe stress that one is prompted to ask whether or not "originality" per se is an essential element in the serial-art process.
Here at World Printmakers we feel that the essential element is the documentation that accompanies a work of serial art. We think that documentation should be "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" as to the techniques and editions of the work in question. Is an American collector entitled to pay money for a photomechanical reproduction of a Dalí painting printed on one of the alleged 350,000 sheets of blank paper signed by the artist during his lifetime? Yes, he is, but he is entitled to a clear and complete idea of exactly what he's buying!
Besides these technical questions, the limited edition has important commercial significance. Collectors need to be assured that the work they buy is guaranteed by the exclusivity and originality which only a limited edition can provide. Normally, the smaller the edition, the more valuable the print.
Most art professionals agree that the most cogent way of guaranteeing the authenticity and originality of a print is by giving the buyer ample and honest information about its creation, the number of prints in circulation, etc. In the Western world since the 17th/18th centuries most fine-art prints have offered this information on their margens, and there is today an internationally-accepted code for numbering editions.
Making Your Own Edition Art
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