What determines the value of a work of art?
There a number of ways of valuing art, depending on the artist. If the artist is living, the artist themselves often establish their own prices, and therefore, values. If the artist is famous, and no longer living, the secondary market or re-sales of those works determine the values based on sale prices. Sometimes the artist’s dealer or representative can help price and value the artwork, especially when the artist is relatively unknown. Values can vary substantially at times depending on whether a work is being valued for insurance purposes, resale, donation, etc.
What is a Limited Edition Print?
A Limited Edition Print is signed and numbered by the artist. It is not uncommon for an artist to make some Artist Proofs in addition to the regular numbered edition. Although there are no exact rules, it would be common to have 10% of the edition in Artist Proofs. For example, if the regular numbered edition is 1 - 100, then there might be 10 Artist Proofs.
What is a Giclee?
Giclee roughly translated from the French, means “sprayed ink”. In layman’s terms, when Giclee prints are created, at the highest possible level of quality, they could be defined as archival ink jet prints. This means that the substrates, i.e... Watercolor paper or canvas are acid free, and made from pure cotton rag. The inks are hybrid dye and pigmented based, and are rated for 125 years of longevity under normal conditions. Giclee prints are showing up in important museum exhibitions and fine art galleries around the world.
What is an Original Print?
An original print is one in which the artist’s hand directly creates the image on the copper plate; in the case of an Etching directly on the limestone; on an aluminum plate in the case of a Lithograph; or on the block in the case of a Woodcut, or a Linocut. In the case of a Serigraph or Silkscreen, the artist designs the screens.
What is the best way to protect artwork?
Artwork should be kept out of direct sunlight or reflected sunlight whenever possible. Certain types of interior lighting can produce ultraviolet light that can also damage and fade artwork if the lamps are not protected with UV filtering glass. Artwork should be kept at a constant humidity level of approximately 40 percent. Too dry or too humid conditions can cause problems. A temperature of seventy degrees is preferable. Rapid or extreme temperature changes can damage artwork, especially oil paintings. For works on paper, archival standards of materials and workmanship should be utilized. Also several choices in glazing materials are available, depending on the application, such as conservation clear glass, museum glass, or UV5 Plexi, or Acrylite.
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