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The Multiple Store @ Canary Wharf (21/Sep-13/Nov) opens with a private view on Tuesday 22nd September

We are pleased to announced our next show The Multiple Store @ Canary Wharf,  a retrospective exhibition at which we will show most of the multiples published since our foundation in 1998. The exhibition will take place in the Lobby of One Canada Square, E14 5AB and will run from Monday 21st September to 13th of November. In addition to several artists’ talks (on Tuesdays in October, full details available soon) we will also display five large outdoor sculptures at Jubilee Park including Kenny Hunter’s Black Swan and one of Peter Liversidge’s editions with The Multiple Store, Interstate.

We would like to invite you to join us for the official opening of  The Multiple Store @ Canary Wharf  on Tuesday 22nd September 6.00-8.00pm – Please kindly RSVP to to attend.

Click here for a map to One Canada Square.

Nearest tube: Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line & DLR)

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THE ARTIST’S MULTIPLE…a brief history

The ‘artist’s multiple’ was one of the first forms of ‘affordable art.’ At its broadest a ‘Multiple’ is an art object, usually in 3D, conceived and created by an artist in an edition.

In 1914 Marcel Duchamp produced the first Multiples by including miniature copies of some of his artworks in his ‘ Boite en Valise.’ The term ‘Multiple’ was first coined by Paris gallerist Denise Rene in 1966 to describe the works made by her stable of artists; she also tried (unsuccessfully) to copyright the term.

FluxYearBox2 1967Multiples were seen as a break with traditional artistic categories because they were editions which looked like originals. Repetition was the result of a conscious choice by the artist; prints, photographs and books are generally excluded from the category because they are primarily associated with the process of reproduction.

In the 1960s and 70s many artists created multiples as a way of using new industrial production techniques and making their art more widely available. Multiples became carriers of new ideas, and were often subversive or humorous in intent.

Multiples with low production costs and large editions became the Fluxus’ movement’s favourite form of expression.

Joseph Beuys (who made many multiples) used the object as a way of communicating ideas to a wider audience, as well as challenging the elitism of art.

Joseph Beuys NOISELESS BLACKBOARD ERASER 1974 ED 550The 1990s saw a revival in interest in Multiples. In 1993, artists Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin took over a disused shop in London’s East End and, with other artists friends including Damien Hirst, sold T-shirts, mugs and other customized items as works of art. This artist-led approach to selling art directly to the public not only re-popularised the artists multiple, but was a key element in the subsequent Young British Artist (YBA) movement. Since then the multiple has become an established part of many contemporary artists’ practices.


sarah_lucas_lion_heart 1995 Ed 100

Martin Creed WORK NO 88 1995 unlmited edition









 All images courtesy of artists (Claus Oldenburg, George Maciunas, Joseph Beuys, Martin Creed, Sarah Lucas) and their publishers.


When Sally Townsend and I started The Multiple Store as a not-for-profit organisation in 1998, our aim was to help sustain an interest in Multiples by encouraging British artists to use new materials and processes to create high-quality new editions, and as a way of enabling people to buy the work of major artists at affordable prices.

Since then we have commissioned over 30 new Multiples and have sold to over 1000 collectors and institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the British Council and the Arts Council collections.

FB tablestop_comp 2We place great emphasis on the commissioning process, working with the artist and fabricators to help realise the artist’s vision. Our editions have included disparate materials including LEDs, acrylic, glass, maps, bronze, plastic and ceramics.

We do not have a gallery or shop but sell our work at artfairs and one-off exhibitions, and through our website where all our editions can be ordered online. We do not charge for UK deliveries. All our collectors are entitled to a 10% discount on any future purchases, and to attend special events and previews.

Nicholas Sharp


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The Multiple Store at the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair in New York (6-9 November)

The Multiple Store is delighted to announce that it will exhibit at the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair in New York from the 6th to the 9th of November.

You will find us at Booth 28 where we will be showing a selection of our 3-D editions by major artists including our newest release, KALEIDOSCOPE by acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.

TMS Stand Multiplied Oct 12 feat Kenny Hunter Editions (400 x 300px) B&WThe Editions/Artists’ Books Fair (E/AB) is New York’s premier showcase for contemporary publishers and dealers, presenting the latest and greatest in prints, multiples, and artists’ books. The Fair is well known for its vibrant energy thanks to its innovative international exhibitors, and hundreds of artists shown.

In 2014, the Fair is curated by Faye Hirsch, Contributing Editor, Art in America. Gathering over 40 exhibitors from around the US, and Europe, the Fair will be presented at the recently renovated Art Beam building at 540 W. 21st Street in New York’s Chelsea. The Fair will take place during New York’s Print Week, to coincide with IFPDA’s Print Fair, and dozens of special exhibitions, talks, and workshops throughout the city.




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