A website dedicated to Joe Colombo’s “Boby Trolley”, which has been a friend to art conservators for many years. Learn more than you need to about this little gem all in one place.
After a long hiatus it seems like Art Watch sprung back to life last month. With newly designed web page, and a Twitter account Art Watch is back to looking at the field of conservation & preservation. This is really a good thing, as there aren’t many (if anyone) looking at our field with a critical eye.
There’s a short piece critiquing the in-gallery display of conservation treatments up now, “Transparency and Neglect: Conservation on Display” with a rather provocative quote:
While it would seem that a certain degree of transparency is implicit in such demonstrations, thereby creating a sense of accountability, the effect is rather to heroicize art conservation and its practitioners.
Here’s hoping they continue with a productive and engaging dialogue.
Modern Art Notes has a smart take on the damage caused to artworks from Hurricane Sandy. While cultural institutions do a good job with documentation, this underscores the need for all of us to do better, and to work together to preserve artworks today.
Sure, people have found all sorts of rare things in Google Maps, but I think I have found the first example of a conservation treatment of an artwork in progress. The image above is of a conservation crew working on the Tony Smith sculpture, The Elevens Are Up from 1963 — this version being the first in an edition of three and owned by the Menil Collection. It looks like the conservators just took a break for lunch and left their stuff hanging on the scaffold.
Pretty nerdy, I know, but still cool.
Above is a version of the sculpture (either number two or three) when it was on view at Matthew Marks Gallery