Since its founding in 1987, the IFPDA has grown beyond its five original members to number over 160 members in thirteen countries. Member galleries, dealers, and contemporary art publishers are expected to exhibit a high level of expertise, ethics, and professional integrity.
Joining the IFPDA
Election to membership takes into account years in business, the quality of art offered for sale, exhibitions and published catalogues as well as community service. New members are invited to join the Association by the Board of Directors in consultation with the entire membership.
To be considered for membership, a candidate must be recommended by a current IFPDA member and meet the following requirements for eligibility:
- A demonstrated business focus on or expertise in fine prints.
- Galleries and print publishers should be established for at least five years.
- Private dealers should be established for at least eight years.
- Ownership of a substantial portion of the works of art being offered for sale, rather than consigned by other dealers or collectors.
In addition to these requirements, the IFPDA considers:
- the quality and importance of the works represented or published by the candidate and, if these works are contemporary, whether the artists are of international or national importance and repute;
- a candidate’s presence in the community, including participation in art fairs,
- their contribution to the field through the high quality of their inventory, exhibitions and catalogues;
- a candidate’s demonstrated commitment to promoting knowledge of fine prints within the public sphere.
Code of Ethics
In the conduct of their respective businesses, each Member of the IFPDA commits itself to the highest ethical standards.
- Members shall comply with all requirements of applicable law or higher standards set by the IFPDA establishing the elements for describing a print for sale.
- Members shall give as accurate information as available on qualities such as medium, condition, edition and any other relevant and available information affecting the value of the print.
- Such information shall be furnished prior to the sales transaction and, in addition, shall be part of or attached to the bill of sale to be provided to the purchaser promptly upon the conclusion of the sale.
- A Member of the Association guarantees the authenticity of any print, as described, and sold by it.
- No Member shall engage in misleading advertising or description of prints for sale.