Glossary

Multiple

noun. / ˈməltəpəl /

1). Multiples are identical works of art. They are not unique, by definition, but they can be quite valuable in all senses of the word. A Rodin bronze that can be cast several times is a multiple. A Warhol screenprint that can be printed several times is a multiple. Multiples pose philosophical questions about the nature of art and art’s uniqueness and they open up the art market to people who want to buy art at entry levels.


Print

noun and verb. / print /

1). A print is a work of art produced using one of many complex processes but it generally entails transferring ink from a “matrix” to a “substrate.” The matrix determines the printing process (woodcuts use wood, lithographs use stone, silkscreens use silk) and the substrate is usually paper. Prints are a great place to start buying art. They can be more accessible and affordable than other works of art and they can still be quite valuable in all senses of the word. Prints can be one-of-a-kind, limited-edition and open-edition. The value of a print depends on the artist, the condition, the scale and the size of the edition.