Explaining Artist Trading Cards or ACEO

"Purple Cityscape." (c) 2012 by Benjamin Vess. All Rights Reserved.

"Purple Cityscape." (c) 2012 by Benjamin Vess. All Rights Reserved.

Title: “Purple Cityscape.”
Date Created: 2012
Medium: Acrylic on linen paper.
Dimensions: 3.5×2.5″ (ATC/ACEO)
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Well, as I’ve been reviewing my website, making sure all the sold pieces are labeled, “sold.” After having done that, I couldn’t help but notice that there isn’t much on sale anymore and that I abruptly brought in Artist Trading Cards or ACEO without properly explaining them. So, with this entry, I’m going to do two things: explain the ATC/ACEO a bit more clearly and mark this as the beginning of my new posts of brand new art (something I need to do anyways; since, this site is all about keeping track of my works!).

Artist Trading Cards

When I first came across this concept, I thought — “Damn, that makes even more sense than sports trading cards,” and I was equally surprised that it took the art world until 1996 to finally incorporate this idea within their sphere. According to wikipedia, the concept is going through a revival: “M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996, holding trading sessions in Zurich, Switzerland. This resurgence of interest of Artists trading cards has spawned the popular ACEO (art card editions and originals) movement. Many people consider ATCs and ACEOs to be one and the same. Others feel they are decidedly different pieces of art.”

So, there you go.

Since then, I’ve been making quite a few of them. I’ll be posting them here — and eventually, put together a cohesive collection of ATC/ACEO up there!

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