art conservation

Post image for Chemistry of the Canvas: Returning the Red to a Renoir

Art as we see it now isn’t always as the artist intended. After the paint dries, there’s still chemistry happening on the canvas.

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Post image for A Tale of Redemption Conserved on a Prison’s Crumbling Walls

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was designed to look like the most foreboding of fortresses on the outside, and a cathedral-like place of reflection on the inside.

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Post image for What Should the Lifespan of Art Be, and Who Decides?

A topic in art conservation that’s often overlooked is: when do we stop preserving an object?

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Post image for Cultural Recovery Center to Open in Brooklyn on Dec 10

MIAMI — Today, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) announced that on Monday, December 10 they will be opening a temporary facility to provide volunteer assistance and work space to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, galleries, collectors, and artists impacted by late October’s Hurricane Sandy.

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Post image for Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Problems of Digital Archives

The damage from Sandy’s flooding took Chelsea galleries by surprise. The swelling water knocked artworks from walls and poured into basement storage areas, where art spaces and artists alike often store the work that’s not on display. Zach Feuer Gallery’s sloped space meant that water washed directly toward fragile work. Printed Matter encountered a similar issue, with soaked stock going to waste on the sidewalk. But it wasn’t only physical property that was damaged in the hurricane.

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Mark Rothko

We reached out to David Anfam, a Mark Rothko scholar and head of the Rothko catalogue raisonné project, to ask about the importance of “Untitled (Black on Maroon)” (1958) and the possible challenges facing the conservation of the work after Sunday’s incident.

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Post image for Octogenarian Restorer Says the Priest Knew What She Was Doing

The caper of the octogenarian restorer continues! And it keeps getting better and better … we’ll call this episode: The Priest Knew!

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Post image for Lessons in Radical Art Restoration: What Not to Do 101

In what can only be described as an art conservation nightmare, a 19th C. church fresco in the town of Borja, Spain, by painter Elías García Martínez has been radically “restored” by an octogenarian neighbor.

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Articles

Conserving the Digital

by Ben Valentine on June 14, 2012

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Responsibility for conservation or the decision to choose not to, is a growing question, and rests mostly on the artist.

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Post image for Re-Painting a King, Resisting Imperialism and a New Type of Art Conservation

Renowned conservator Glenn Wharton recently released a new book, The Painted King: Art, Activism and Authenticity in Hawai’i, which he spoke about last week at New York University. Wharton’s book provides a captivating account of his years spent with the well-known statue of the 19th C. Hawai’ian King Kamehameha I and the surrounding community that became involved with it’s conservation. Although art conservation has historically focused its attention on the chemistry and original artistic intent of artworks, Wharton works to bring a social aspect into the practice.

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