Fine Art/Giclee

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Hi Alan, I have enjoyed reading your expert comments on many questions. This one is not so specific, but still is one that has put me in a quandry. I was in an art gallery on the west coast a few weeks ago and being an Interior Designer, I was looking for some pieces for a client that had Italian Landscapes. I found a few "oils" that were very nice, but the price seemed too low. We were then given a long explanation of the method of "Giclee"? not sure if I am spelling it right. The owner of the gallery said that this method is replacing lithography and the artist works from each copy to bring it to the original level, then signs it. The original (30x36) went for $7,650.00 and the Giclee version for $2,800.00. What do you make of this?

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Nabila-- you should look up giclee on Wikepedia.  It is a computer generated reproduction.  Yes, the artist can play with it with a good etalier, even changing colors completely.  Publishers like them because they can be printed as needed, rather than spending for an entire edition which might not sell.  Good ones look good.  It depends on your client.  If the client can't really tell the difference then the giclee is just fine, like a good simulated diamond over the real thing.  Personally, I prefer originals.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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