It looks like there is new energy and efforts being put forth by companies, city and state government, artists and art related associations to deal with the vandals and disgrace of tagging and graffiti. Why is there so much attention being given to this important involvement of preserving and the conservation of murals at this time?
Last week, at the Laguna Arts Festival Lecture series (http://bit.ly/pVVE6C), I spoke as the visiting expert about how to protect and save collectibles, artwork etc. Some of the things we talked about included protecting and saving items from
- storage problems, http://saveyourstuffblog.com/damaged-art/poor-storaged-causes-damaged-paintings/
- taking precautions when shipping, http://www.saveyourstuff.com/blog/save-your-stuff/do-you-pack-and-ship-art-work-and-fragile-items/
- aging and falling apart, http://saveyourstuffblog.com/water-damage/liquid-stain-on-lithograph-of-a-woman-by-henri-matisse/
- floods and landslides, http://saveyourstuffblog.com/water-damage/plains-indians-encampment-water-damage-in-garage/
- fires, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCx-xg4BMYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCx-xg4BMY
- … and earthquakes; One of the things I talked about was having good hanging hardware on paintings and using Museum Wax to anchor the painting to the wall.http://saveyourstuffblog.com/earthquake/538/
Smoke, dust and grime can all make a significant impression on a painting’s brilliance. This wonderful oil painting shows major discoloration due to the said reasons above. Although you may not smoke there is a lot of dust and grime that builds up on paintings over a period of time so having your artwork cleaned is the best way to bring back it’s original look. Many of our clients may bring in a painting for other reasons than for a cleaning, but once they see the difference in color and depth after a cleaning test, they realize the importance of this service.
It is very important to use correct methods and techniques when moving and storing paintings or artwork. Larger scale artwork may be more difficult to transport or store than smaller pieces. In some cases, such as the one illustrated in this photo, poor transportation of a canvas can easily damage the artwork. This painting’s dimensions are 103×75 inches, not an easy canvas to move, and has several tears ranging anywhere from 3 to 5 inches in length.
At first glance, this painting seemed like it should have had a lot of color but there was this overall smoggy, dark look. In fact, you can see by the cleaning test on the upper left side that the original colors are extremely different/brighter. This oil on canvas painting’s surface is very grimy; imagine the walls of your home if you didn’t paint them for 80 years! Add to that a moderately yellowed varnish leaving the original colors dim and darker than the artist had originally intended and the painting looking nothing like it is supposed to.
Neil Cavuto thinks that an expert can predict an earthquake, for the first time, and in the article link at the end of this article, he lays out the reasons.