Modern Art: Who Cares?

IJsbrand Hummelen, Dionne Sillé (eds)

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ISBN: 1904982026
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 275 x 215 mm
Pages: 445
Illustrations: 163 colour, 80 halftone

The conservation of contemporary art should not be a static process carried out behind closed doors but dynamic and open to discourse. New media and new materials constantly present issues which traditional conservation methods cannot address and a continual search for new techniques is therefore required. This dynamic research may include interviews with artists; documentation of artists' materials; the recording of image, word or sound of performances; installations, temporary and 'permanent' visual art; scientific research into the identification, composition, ageing and preservation of modern materials.

This volume makes a most important contribution to the on-going debate by presenting the conservation challenges relating to ten objects of different media and materials (plastics, kinetic objects, monochromes and works of mixed media) of considerable art-historical value. The ten selected studies include the works of Jean Tinguley, Piero Manzoni, Tony Cragg and Mario Merz. In addition to case studies, this volume includes symposium papers by art historians, physicists, philosophers, artists, conservators and critics on topics as varied as: accidental damage; working with artists; packing and transport; installation; identifying plastics; ethics; training, databases etc.

This volume is an Archetype Publications reprint of the volume first published by The Foundation for the Conservation of Modern Art and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Reviews
Dass dieses Symposium jetzt in einem besonders umfangreich und graphisch delikat gestalteten Werk seinen Niederschlag findet, ist für Restauratoren der Moderne ein besonderer Segen...Die in dem Buch präzisierten Schlüsselwerke legen grundsätzliche Fragen fest, die zur Orientierung in der täglichen Praxis dienen.
RESTAURO 4 (2000) 262

…a publication of this nature should be of interest to anyone who cares for modern art, including owners and curators as well as the conservation profession.
Studies in Conservation 46 (2001) 222-223