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Collecting Digital Prints

In Feature on December 29, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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FEATURE

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Collecting Digital Prints

A Guide To Digital Print Provenance

by Max Eternity

Within the fine art field of digital print collecting there exist a large vacuum. It is the great empty space that concerns the nomenclature of digital print provenance. Which is to say, that beyond identifying digital prints with the commonly used, and very broad terms of Gicleè and/or Inkjet, terms which only indicate the use of digital hardware and not virtual plate originality and/or issuing protocol, there has yet to take root a simple, yet uniform classification and identification system that provides private and institutional collectors the essential hallmarks of provenance for each and every digital print that has been or is to be created. This is a problem, a real problem. And yet, the reality is that digital prints, like cell phones, laptops and the Internet, are nothing more than a mirror reflection of today’s increasingly, digital world. In short, digital prints are the manifest confluence of artistic ingenuity and current, medium availability. They represent an new, exciting commercially viable, fine art form that continues to grow each and every day. Digital prints are a natural evolution of print potentiality; reflecting the influence of the digital aesthetic in everyday life. View and download the “Collecting Digital Prints” white paper here.

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