Microscopically reweaving a 1907 painting | CONSERVATION STORIES

Microscopically reweaving a 1907 painting | CONSERVATION STORIES

This is a self portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker. It was painted in 1907. It’s in really, really good condition considering it’s age. She’s holding her hand over her belly which is suggesting that she’s pregnant. The same year this was painted in 1907, she gave birth to her daughter and subsequently died of complications from […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 1: “The Work Before The Work”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins –  Episode 1: “The Work Before The Work”

In this series we’re going to be taking an in-depth look at the entire conservation process as it relates to one painting. This untitled scene of Fifth Avenue in winter executed in oil on canvas by the American impressionist painter Guy Wiggins arrived at the studio in need of desperate conservation. The painting had an […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 2: ” The Cleaning Process”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 2: ” The Cleaning Process”

If you remember many different cleaning agents were tested to determine which one would be most effective at removing the accumulated surface grime and enable access to the varnish. Ultimately, a protease enzyme cleaner proved to be not only the best at removing the grime but also one of the more gentle and safest solutions. […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 3: “On Structural Issues”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 3: “On Structural Issues”

Before embarking on any structural work Washi is adhered to the face of the painting with a reversible conservation adhesive. Using small sections of paper enables better conformation to the impasto and easier handling. This facing is done after the cleaning to ensure that none of the grime or old varnish interacts with the adhesive […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 7: “Finally, The Frame”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 7: “Finally, The Frame”

Upon seeing the painting after conservation my client wisely decided that addressing the frame would not only be prudent but be of great benefit to the painting as well. Having installed the painting into the frame with brackets and screws, the removal was easy and didn’t subject the painting to any unnecessary stress. Before any […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 4: “Becoming Whole Again”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins –  Episode 4: “Becoming Whole Again”

Up to this point all of the work has been focused on removal. That is, removal of the surface grime and varnish, the old lining and the adhesive. But now we can shift gears and start to work to put the painting back together. With the vapor treatment complete we can see a marked improvement […]

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The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 5: “The Image As Centerpiece”

The Conservation of Guy Wiggins – Episode 5: “The Image As Centerpiece”

At this point during the conservation process we’ve come to a major transition. We’ve removed and reversed the affects of age and environment, undone the previous work and taken steps to stabilize the painting for the future. Yet now we can turn our attention to the image and begin working to ensure that it presents […]

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MoMA conservator separates drawings from existing matte boards | AT THE MUSEUM

MoMA conservator separates drawings from existing matte boards | AT THE MUSEUM

So these works are for our Adrian Piper show, which is in 2018, and when we were examining these to think about having them in the show, we realized that they are all hinged down to their matte boards in a way that looked like it could be problematic for removal. So we wanted to […]

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Fine Art Conservation – The Retouching Process Narrated

Fine Art Conservation – The Retouching Process Narrated

In this video I’m going to be focusing solely on the retouching process now, this painting arrived into the studio very dirty with surface grime, old varnish, a massive tear through the sitter’s face and a lot of old retouching which you can see here as a large brown mass on his, uh- the right […]

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The restoration of an Emma Gaggiotti Portrait – Narrated Version

The restoration of an Emma Gaggiotti Portrait – Narrated Version

This video is from a little while ago and it was shot by Jack Brandman, a really talented videographer here in Chicago He’s got a YouTube channel under ChicagoAussie And he makes great content particularly his Remade in Chicago series which features local craftspeople Artisans and their work in and around Chicago. So go ahead […]

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