12 Results in category conservators

Art Condition Reports, Demystified

Oct 29, 2019

According to the most recent Art Basel report, there were some 55 international art fairs taking place in 2000. In 2017, the number grew to over 260, with dealers making 46% of their annual sales at the fairs. This explosion has most art market professionals feeling like they are constantly on the road. Stephan Zilkens of Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker said, “I see the art market turning more and more into a traveling business. Every week there are new art fairs in the world and they try to become more and more important.” 
Of course, it’s not only the people that have to shuffle from fair to fair. Works of art are also on the road more often than they have ever be ...

From Fingerprints to Champagne Spills: Expert Conservators on How to Handle New Art Damage

Jan 16, 2018

Plus Tips for Investing in Art That Needs (or May Soon Need) Conservation
Art conservation--generally the purview of trade publications--became major news this fall with the case of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World). The painting, which sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale this past November, realized a price of over $450 million. Yet, it also attracted much attention for the dramatic lengths that conservators had gone to alter the surface. Publications from The Daily Mail to New York Magazine discussed the intensive alterations that a world-class team had made to the warped and scratched original. da Vinci made the painting around ...

Caring for Art on Paper - A Collector's Guide

Jan 18, 2017

A COMPLETE MANUAL TO THE CONSERVATION, DISPLAY AND RESTORATION OF PAPER
By Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy.
Photo: Print by Willem de Kooning, After (left) and Before (right) severe water damage
Over a period of issues on The Clarion List, there will be a series of collectors’ guides to the conservation and display of art. These will appear in no particular order, and each type of art will have several parts to address all of the issues for that type of art. While all issues pertinent to a collector will be covered, they will not be sequential, but rather there will be an element pertinent to each type of art, but space compels us to div ...

Seven Art World Professionals on the 2017 Resolutions You Must Make

Jan 17, 2017

As we ring in 2017, we also usher in a new round of pledges to ourselves. We resolve to eat healthier, contribute to our communities, and be kinder to others.
As you reflect on the past year and plan for the next, don’t forget about your art. Take small measures now to ensure that some of your most beloved assets are in good shape. You’ll be saving yourself major headaches down the road. We asked seven professionals from different areas of the art world to suggest New Year’s resolutions that collectors and businesses should make. Read on for expert advice that spans technical, legal, and financial considerations. No matter how your new personal resolutions go, your art wil ...

Antique Art and the Light Spectrum

Dec 12, 2016

By Manoj Phatak, Founder and CEO, ArtRatio
It is a common misconception that only ultra-violet light can damage art and antiques.
As stated in Technical Report 157 from the CIE (International Commission on Illumination, based in Austria), there are two principal processes by which museum art can degrade:
1. Photochemical action
2. Radiant heating effects
Photochemical action
This can result in irreversible molecular change to the structure of the material itself due to the incident light, not only ultra-violet (UV) and infrared (IR) but also visible light, and the final result depends on the 'activation energy' of the materials in question. The most noticeable change can be colour fadi ...

Present Technologies Benefiting the Art Market: Our Year-End Editorial

Dec 05, 2016

By Jessica Paindiris, CEO + Co-Founder, The Clarion List
Last year, I set out to use technology to solve an age-old problem in the art market: lack of transparency and access. I launched The Clarion List by taking a proven tech-backed business model—an online, searchable, sortable directory with ratings and reviews—and applied it to an industry that previously relied on word of mouth between the connected few or else various partial, disconnected, typically alphabetical, often outdated lists when it came to sourcing art companies. After all, technology enables unprecedented, efficient information sharing between people, companies and media outlets globally, so why wasn’t t ...

Advances in Conservation

Dec 05, 2016

By Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy.
PHOTO: Gerhard Richter, oil on canvas
Over the past decade or so there have been tremendous changes in paper, paintings and objects treatment. All of the disciplines have benefitted from new instruments: to mention just two, electronic imaging microscopes which enlarge the work to 240 times actual size allow us to work at a level of detail and precision which was impossible before; specialized cameras which photograph only in infra-red and ultraviolet, among other sophisticated equipment.
Within the discipline of paper conservation, there is now less treatment than was executed before. For example, the devel ...

Interview of the Month with The Fine Arts Conservancy

Nov 02, 2016

The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and make the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art conservation and the Florida market with leading art conservator Gordon Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director of The Fine Arts Conservancy. Learn about this highly capable conservation studio that serves clients globally, how Florida collectors need to take extra care preserving their collection, the most challenging conservation cases they ...

The 5 Questions You Need to Ask Before You Say, “I’ll Take It” to a Work of Art…

Apr 18, 2016

It’s easy to walk into a gallery and swoon at the sight of a work of art, but making the decision to buy it is complex. We asked an art consultant, a conservator, an attorney and an adjuster for the important issues to consider before making such a big purchase.
Question 1: Is it True Love or an Infatuation?
Even experienced collectors have made mistakes, so it’s a good idea to take a little time to ponder your reaction. You may want to consider how it fits into your existing collection; how and where you would display it; and if your gut tells you that the price is in keeping with the value of this particular artwork.
Annelien Bruins of Tang Art Advisory offers her clients a ...

Art Conservators—The Healthcare Providers for Your Art Collection

Apr 08, 2016

Art conservators provide healthcare to your art collection. They are the professionals you should turn to when it’s time to prevent and repair damage to works in your collection. They are trained and educated in art history, chemistry and current restorative techniques. Before hiring a conservator, check their credentials—which should include a Masters Degree from an accredited Art Conservator program. Good as New? Collectors often confuse the common term ‘art restorer’ with the professional title Art Conservator. The difference is years of study and extensive training. The work of a qualified art conservator goes deeper than the surface appearance of an artwork, cari ...