Art World Superstars at Affordable Prices: 5 Sources for Artist Multiples

Art World Superstars at Affordable Prices: 5 Sources for Artist Multiples

Sarah Rainwater
Sep 20, 2010

Museums and galleries used to be some of the only places to get up-close-and-personal with big name artists whose work I used to think I'd never be able to afford in a million — make that a gazillion — years, but thanks to a rise in limited edition artist multiples, bringing a piece of art world rock-stardom to your living room is possible.

Here are 5 sources for limited edition multiples from some amazing artists:

1. Other Criteria — Founded by the king of art world consumerism himself, Damien Hirst, Other Criteria offers multiples by Hirst and many other covetable artists, with offerings ranging from postcards to beach towels, including the towel by Ed Ruscha shown above, in an editon of 10 for £60.

2. Cereal Art — The Philadelphia-based Cereal Art produces three-dimensional collectible works by a ton of acclaimed artists including Marcel Dzama, Kehinde Wiley, Yoshitomo Nara. Shown above is a set of four dessert plates by Laurie Simmons, an edition of 500 for $150.

3. Iconoclast Editions — The studio behind the Beautiful Losers exhibition, Iconoclast specializes multiples and artist books by street artists including Shepard Fairey, Phil Frost, Geoff McFetridge, Barry McGee, and Ryan McGinness whose Growing Handplants skateboard is shown above, an edition of 500 for $500.

4. Printed Matter — The New York City-based shop that has always been a destination for artist books and unique printed goods also sells multiples, and though the artists may not all be as well known as some of those mentioned above, the pieces are incredibly cool, like the set of playing cards by Tauba Auerbach, an edition of 250 for $175.

5. Modern Edition — This bare bones site sells work by quite a few famous artists and, in most cases the prices are as big as the names, but there are some (relatively) affordable pieces mixed in like the boxed set of printed stills from Matthew Barney's 'De Lama Lamina,' in an edition of 100 for £300 (I also dig the reindeer ball-in-a-cup game by Jeff Koons).

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