It's no secret, entering the art market is often cold and intimidating — where the sheer prices alone shy many away from ever beginning in the first place. If only collecting art was as fun as experiencing it. Well, it can be and not for the exorbitant costs that is often thought of to amass a collection.
Cyril Brechbuhl is an emerging curator who reminds you of the merits of collecting prints. Fun, affordable and highly limited, prints and editions are an enticing way to first enter the game. Housed at Lorin Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, the former trainer of the French Tennis Federation is showcasing his vast collection of print editions spanning prominent and emerging artists, such as Hajime Sorayama, Peter Saul, Paul Insect, Samantha Rosenwald, Joakim Ojanen, Cristina BanBan, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and more.
"For a majority of art collectors, collecting a great work by an established artist can seem impossible. Along with the issue of scarcity, works by high-demand artists are often astronomically expensive and far out of reach for most collectors. But there is still a way to collect works by these impossible-to-collect artists," said Brechbuhl in a statement.
Some may be quick to criticize prints as mere reproductions of original paintings, however, that is "not the case at all" according to Rachel Gladfelter, a director at Pace Prints Chelsea.
"I enjoy it when pieces help to celebrate and capture the spirit, essence, and heritage of different kinds of lives and struggle of people whose stories can be inspiring or highlighting. All pieces have been chosen to trigger emotions of pride or shyness, power or lack of confidence, and sometimes even humor with ink on master. It’s all about the story of the pieces, which words cannot fully explain," Brechbuhl added.
Prints have shown record numbers over the years as well, with Pablo Picasso's La femme qui pleure, I (1938) selling for $5.12m USD at Christie's in 2011. Regardless of price, just the act of exploring your interests is enough for one to get started. Check out Iconic edition at Lorin Gallery until August 27.
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