Like teenagers everywhere, fine art prints are so misunderstood. The uninitiated sometimes confuse fine art prints with reproductions, or think of them as fake or over-produced. But for artists like the ones who made the works in this year's Important Summer Auction
- Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Motherwell, Anish Kapoor, Alex Katz, and more - printmaking was (and still is, for the living artists) an art form in and of itself that informed their work in other media.
By looking at an artist’s prints in the context of his entire ouevre
, it is often possible to see him working out a creative theme in several formats at once. He will use prints as the springboard for a painting, or take insight from the results of the printmaking process to apply to other methods. It's important to emphasize, however, that fine prints are original works in their own right, conceived independently of works in other media.