Announcing: The Most Powerful Edition Tracking Yet

Artwork Archive | April 30, 2019

Editions now have their own seat at the table. 

Manage your editions with all the power of an artwork record in Artwork Archive with the newest feature update.

Editions now act as “pieces” that are grouped together. This means that you can add editions to reports, get insights on editions, assign them to shows and just about anything else an artwork can do within the system. It's a feature that has been requested by photographers, printmakers, and sculptors over the years, and it is now here. 

Here are a few ways you can now track and manage both editions and reproductions in Artwork Archive.

First, how do we differentiate between editions and reproductions?

An "edition" is considered part of a set of original works of art intended for graphic reproduction and produced by or under the supervision of the artist who designed it. These are images or casts that are produced to be multiples.

Examples of editions include etchings, lithographs, fine art photography prints, bronze castings, etc.

Editions are most often done completely by the artist and are most often done in small runs. Each work in the edition has unique qualities and can vary slightly because each one is created individually.

A reproduction artwork is considered a copy/facsimile of the original work usually created using photomechanical means. Producing a reproduction does not typically involve the original artist. Usually, a digital image is created of the work, and that file can then be used to reproduce it on any surface in any size.

Examples of reproductions include giclee prints, iris, posters, print as a service item such as pillows & garments, cards, etc.

Track your editions and build their provenance

When photographs, lithographs or sculpture editions are showing at a gallery or exhibition, you need to be able to keep track of all details that come with that opportunity.

You can now not only add those editions to shows and locations, but you can also build their provenance over time.

Record the edition’s exhibition and award history to add to its value and credibility. Plus, stay on top of what is submitted and accepted, so you can stay professional and never double book or double sell the same print again.


Include editioned work in all reports, insights and exhibitions

You can now include editions in every report on Artwork Archive. Simply filter by your desired edition run or choose from all of your editions.

Get inventory reports, a certificate of authenticity, consignment reports, tear sheets in order to share and showcase your original prints with ease.


Create both limited editions and open editions

You can now record both open and limited editions within Artwork Archive. Add up to 1000 print editions, five proofs and ten images per edition. Keep track of your plates, AP, HP, PP, and more alongside your editions. 

If you work in open editions you can create the first 20 of your set of 100, without creating records for them all at once. 

Keep unique records and images of each edition and proof

Artists working with original prints have different requirements for an inventory system than those working in reproductions.

Now, artists that work with original prints such as screen prints, lithographs or photographs, have the ability to add unique images, information and add proofs to their editions.

You can upload an original image for each edition and proof along with all the critical information. You can also track the shows or sales information of these records.


Finally, group editions together as multiples in the public profile

You can now display unique images or your multiples or prints grouped together on your public profile. Showcase your editions on Discovery and reach interested buyers with a more complete profile of your portfolio.

Each image will now be presented on your public profile if you choose, nested in one grouping.


Ready to get your editions organized? Start your free trial of Artwork Archive today.

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