Brooke Alexander is pleased to present a unique collection of artist multiples. One of the most interesting aspects of multiples is that they can be made from almost any material one can think of. This vibrant physical democracy is highlighted here, and includes metal, formica, porcelain, glass, ceramic, rubberized horsehair, caviar, polychrome plastic, hydrocal, wood, fabric, paper and even sound. Many important artists from around the world are represented: in addition to the U.S.A., the artists hail from Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Brazil and Nigeria.
Multiple: Multiple refers to a series of identical artworks, usually a signed limited edition made specifically for selling.
Casting sculpture in bronze, and the various techniques of printmaking, have for many centuries made it possible to make multiple examples of a work of art. Each example of an edition of a print or a bronze is an authentic work of the artist, although there may be technical variations which might affect the value.
The number produced is usually strictly limited, mainly for commercial reasons but, in the case of etchings in particular, also for technical reasons – etching plates wear very rapidly, so later impressions are inferior.
About 1955, the artists Jean Tinguely and Agam, wanting to make their work more widely available, put forward the idea of very large, effectively unlimited, editions of works which could be sold very cheaply. It is they who seem to have invented the term multiple for such works, which would be made using industrial processes. The first multiples were eventually produced by the Denise René Gallery in Paris in 1962, and since then large numbers of artists have created multiples.
Official Definition, Tate Museum, United Kingdom
A number of these multiples were part of the famed Peter Norton Christmas Project: “Each year since 1988, rather than sending out a holiday card, Mr. Norton has commissioned an artist to create an edition - usually the sculptural objects or books known as "multiples." These are produced in quantities from 2,500 to 5,000 unnumbered copies, according to Kris Kuramitsu, the curator of the Peter Norton and Eileen Harris Norton Collections…Though such large runs might imply that the gifts are only glorified trinkets, they are anything but" -Carol Kino, NYT, 2005
"Though such large runs might imply that the gifts are only glorified trinkets, they are anything but; most are made by a celebrated artist who is already represented in Mr. Norton's own collection. The general idea, Ms. Kuramitsu said, is "to make contemporary art accessible and understandable, through an actual object that people can live with." Most are designed to be played with…” -Carol Kino, NYT, 2005
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Jeff Koons, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari
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“…what is great about editions and multiples, is that they are meant to be more accessible and fun. These often whimsical objects can lend a breath of creativity to the more functional areas of life – like kitchenware, rugs, jewelry and furniture." -Huffington Post, 2017