Usually the size of the edition and the number of that particular proof is indicated on the left-hand size of the print. A printmaking is often a collaborative undertaking between the artist and a publisher or dealer who underwrites the costs. One way to compensate the artist is to offer her a few of the prints (around ten), which are not numbered but instead inscribed Artist’s Proof. She can keep them, sell them to dealers, give to museums or friends. Often, these prints are considered more valuable by collectors as there are fewer of them and they might have belonged to the artist herself.
Pictured is the Artist’s Proof version of Claire Falkenstein’s Unique Structure-Graphic Chase.
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