Originally Posted by Harold Roth
People who do that are unethical. There are tons of unethical people out there. Don't be one of them. That's all we can do about that. .
The words "Limited Edition" by itself means NOTHING. Limited to what? Limited to the number you can sell? Limited to the amount of printing paper available on the planet?
A numbered limited edition still leaves room for "artists proofS
, printers proofS
, hors commerce proofS
, second edition printsS
the same print but unsigned, same print but signed with your brush name, made on a different printer, prints in different sizes and papers.
None of the above is illegal, and not necessarily unethical since it is common practice.
So unless your limited edition giclees are made with some exotic process or rare paper, or gold ink, or something that is distinctive and quite different than your normal inkjet printer copies - then why are you making them limited? Because your lazy and only feel like pressing the PRINT button 25 times? Your work suxs and you don't want to litter the planet with more copies? What?
It's as you say, up to the artist to do whatever he wants. But I think a buyer with any sophistication would ask himself, why is this novice, unknown artist, limiting the number of prints from his injet printer? He can't afford paper? Or does he think he can charge more if he pencils a number after his name?
It's up to the artist. But if you are an unknown artist, I would think the LAST thing you would want to do is to limit the number of prints. What will make an unknown artist known, what will make his work MORE valuable, is when MORE people see it, buy it, know about it. Limiting the work limits the amount of work to be seen.