Before and After
Treatment of a Bernard Schultze gouache.
After a careful dry cleaning the painting was slowly humidified in between sheets of gore-tex. When the paper was relaxed and as flat as possible without damaging the gouache any further the same procedure in reverse order was done, now with dry blotting paper instead of wet. When fully dry and flat the flaking gouache was fixed with a mixture of ethanol and klucel g. Finally the losses of gouache was retouched and the tears restored with japanese tissue.
FRAMING A MASTERPIECE
If you’re the framer at a museum, your job is often to ensure that no one really notices what you do, particularly if your choice may obstruct or overpower an art work. Rare is the person who visits the Museum of Modern Art to gawk at the frames on the Picassos or the Pollocks.
This MoMA video captures some of the issues framers consider when approaching a painting as well-known as Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World” (1948), which depicts a woman (Anna Christina Olson) suffering from the muscular deterioration of polio as she crawls across a field in Maine.
(Source: hyperallergic.com, via tallerwarnes)
Snip from the post itself:
AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH
Interesting! (Says the conservation nerd)
Read on to learn more about the use of paper pulp to reconstruct complex paper losses of Tiffany Studio Drawings. Yet another great post from the AIC blog Conservators converse.
All the news from International Institute of Conservation posted on one site. Gives a nice overview of all the restoration projects circulating the Internet.