Art: College Tries

The U.S. art market may be entering a new era, with signed prints rivaling art reproductions for the buyer's attention. Etchings, lithographs, silk screens and woodcuts made by the artist himself are bound to have precisely the scale and tone that the artist intended, and none of the distortions of even the most expensive reproductions. Issued in limited editions of a few to a few hundred, they sell for $5 to $100 a sheet. All this can make them particularly attractive to the nation's growing millions of middle-income art enthusiasts.

Since the vast majority...

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