Limited Edition Art Prints
“One publisher I was with sold tens of thousands of prints of one of my images. If that image had been limited to just 1,000 prints, how many people would have missed out? And if more than 1,000 people wanted it, why should I make it so they can’t have it?”
– Crista Forest
Browsing EmptyEasel.com recently, I discovered an intriguing article written by one of Imagekind’s member artists awhile back that I found particularly interesting. In her article, Why Sell Limited Edition Prints? Art Should be for Everyone! Crista Forest asks, “why do limited edition prints even exist?” Her opinions are very insightful and worth reading through.
Image: Surprise by Crista Forest
One of the most compelling reasons Crista Forest shares for why she doesn’t want her art published as limited editions is for reasons similar to what we here at Imagekind believe deeply; the democratization of art and that art should be available for everyone.
I have seen many fantastic artists on both sides of this topic and I would love to know what you think. Do you think that “printing open editions or posters will cheapen your art, or reduce your respectability as an artist in the art world”? Or do you find yourself coming to similar conclusions as Crista Forest does and want to “keep [your] images affordable and available for as long as people want to buy them”?
Read the entire article and feel free to add your thoughts below.
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