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Christoph C. Feldhaim
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2014, 04:06:33 AM »
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A good friend of mine, now over 70 years old who was a successful art seller and gallerist
sees signing on the front as plain vanity and suggests to simply sign on the backside with a pencil.
Graphite is quite archival ....

I think you can see it different ways,
but the artistic value of something is not raised by writing your name on the front of it.
Exception might be if your signature is a calligraphic piece of art each time taking at least 2 hours to make ...
Market value - no idea.

Its a modern disease, even creators of simple T-Shirts put their name on the front of their "pieces of art" ....
Everything is "art" today.
If there is a lot of hype, hybris, buzz, whatever around the person of the artist / the brand,
people might actually want to have a mark on the front, to be able to show it:
"See - I have this 20,000 $$ Feldhaim street shot 5x7" limited edition hanging on my wall ... "

So - it depends on your clients and if it helps you to sell, if that is the main goal.

I am not selling art, but when I give a print away as a present I sign with a soft pencil on the backside of the print.
Even when mounted and my signature therefore is invisible.

Cheers
~Chris
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2014, 04:36:56 AM »
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Signing a print has nothing at all to do with vanity and or arrogance and everything to do with providing information, proof of authorship and of course exposure.
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2014, 04:46:56 AM »
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Its a modern disease, even creators of simple T-Shirts put their name on the front of their "pieces of art" ....
Everything is "art" today.
If there is a lot of hype, hybris, buzz, whatever around the person of the artist / the brand,
people might actually want to have a mark on the front, to be able to show it:
"See - I have this 20,000 $$ Feldhaim street shot 5x7" limited edition hanging on my wall ... "
I suppose one has to mention the obvious artist who old sold one painting whilst alive, yet now his works sell for absurdly large sums.
It's very hard to say what will become valuable in the future
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2014, 05:04:31 AM »
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Signing a print has nothing at all to do with vanity and or arrogance and everything to do with providing information, proof of authorship and of course exposure.

+1...it is not arrogance but providence. Signing on a separate matte is not. Signing on a sticker attached to the back it not. If you "own the print" (meaning it's YOUR print), sign the darn thing...sorry, I grew up as an "artist"...(if you made a print-stone litho, or silkscreen which are the two types I made) you signed the darn thing. I'll admit that "numbering digital prints" is silly because, well they are digital and print 1 and print 1000 should be the exact same...

I sign (and date) and title the image just outside of the image area...I use pencil on watercolor paper and a pigment pen on glossy. An un-signed print is less valuable than a signed, dated and titled print is. Simple as that...
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