A definition of "printmaking" according to the Encyclopedia
Is a Fine-Art Print?
A fine-art print, in its finest expression, is a piece of paper where a person possessed of special sensitivity has stamped an inked plate with a small-but-sincere sample of his (or her) joy of living, his sense of humor, his delight in form or color, his vision of the people around him, his existential doubt, his fear of death, his fondness for small mammals, his fascination for the night sky, the sadness which he experiences seeing mediocrity triumph... or simply the profound satisfaction of tracing a line on a plate with a pointed stylus.
This, we submit, is the essence of the fine-art print, but there's more. There's a history and a set of traditions. There are norms. There's commerce. There's even fraud. That is to say, serial art is a world unto itself. If you would like to step inside this world that some of us consider the most fascinating of all, a good place to start is right here in the pages of World Printmakers. Come on in. We hope you'll feel at home here. It's entirely possible that this curious little domain of the fine-art print may be your world, too.
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