We recently wrote about clever ways to find and buy art online.
But if you’re looking for another (warning: slightly pricier) approach, consider the burgeoning limited-edition Print and Multiples department.
For the uninitiated, Prints and Multiples represent an easy way to start (or expand) an art collection more serious than most. Prints are works of art made in multiple iterations, but the distinction here is that Prints and Multiples result in a close collaboration between the artist and the print studio. They’re not exactly original, per se, but they're not produced in mass, either. Edition numbers matter.
So at its heart, the Prints and Multiples category is democratic. It makes high-end studio art more affordable (relatively speaking) and accessible, and perhaps most importantly, gives casual and avid collectors alike the chance to own iconic works that were once only attainable by people who mop sweat off their brows with $100 bills.
All this can be seen with ArtNet’s latest Prints and Multiples auction, which currently includes a choice collection of pieces, ranging from gallery chin-scratchers (i.e., Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Olafur Eliasson) to the more commercial-friendly (i.e., Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Banksy).
We looked through through the auction and collected our favorites below, but be sure to head on over to ArtNet to peruse the full collection.
Helen Frankenthaler, Southern Exposure, 2005
Screenprint in colors on wove paper
Andy Warhol, Portraits of the Artists (From Ten From Leo Castelli), 1967
Screenprints on 100 polystyrene boxes in colors
Richard Serra, Vesturey I, 1991
Etching and aquatint construction on Meirat Velzasquez and Japanese Kozo papers
Keith Haring, Pop Shop VI (Complete Set of Four Works), 1989
Screenprints in colors on wove paper
Kara Walker, Deadbrook After the Battle of Ezra's Church, 2005
Lithograph with screenprint on Somerset paper