Though obviously here at the Center we like to think that we dispense some of the finest information you can find on art conservation, we’re not jealous of the excellent knowledge provided by other conservators and industry professionals. Here’s a sample of what we’ve wanted to share lately:
AMIEN, connected to the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), is an resource concerned with presenting unbiased information on artists’ materials. If you’re an artist, this kind of well-kept information is invaluable. If you’re a conservator, you thank your lucky stars as well: it’s the easiest way to ask what exactly is in that art world darling’s preferred random medium. And, of course, if you’re artistically minded and perpetually curious, the science behind the art is incredibly fascinating.
In a less substantive vein, there’s always Recent Setbacks in Conservation Online, where devotees of the prestigious profession scribe research articles on conserving the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, for example, or the effects of volatile materials on museum artifacts — said materials being perfume and aftershave. Entries are requested to be “irrelevant and irreverent,” making for entertaining reading.
Of interest to WPA mural aficionados might be another well-written fiction, this time from a hometown blogger who goes by Chicago Guy. Though he’s praising the writing portion of the New Deal’s impact on this country’s humanities majors, so to speak, you’ll note from his accompanying illustration that art and storytelling go hand in hand.
And finally, an article that correlates the philosophies behind old works of art and old forms of yoga: what convinces some that “the original” or its closest approximation, is what we need in the modern day, and what convinces others that the yellow patina or modified positions should remain?