Ep23 of Thinking of Art featured David Benrimon Fine Art Director, Alex Benrimon. Alex and I spoke about how to acquire prints and multiples by well-known blue-chip artists and discussed how the price differences in specific sets of well-known artists can vary. For example, the price points of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn print series of 10 can vary in price dramatically simply because of supply and demand, as well as fluctuations in the public and private auction markets. It was interesting to her Alex’s thoughts on Warhol’s Myth series and notable works that trade at a higher price point (i.e. Superman and Mickey Mouse).
I enjoyed talking about other aspects of valuing prints and the importance of obtaining condition reports (and how past ownership also can affect pricing). I enjoyed hearing Alex’s expertise around Tom Wesselmann’s ‘Steel Cut’ series, the intricate process of Roy Lichtenstein’s 3 dimensional sculptural prints, and how Ed Ruscha experimented with replacing ink in his prints with food substances in the 1970s. We also discussed the differences of lithographs, etchings, monotypes, and linocuts. It was encouraging to hear Benrimon’s excitement on the future of the LA art scene and how the galleries are changing during the time of Covid-19.