Conserving Contemporary Art: Issues, Methods, Materials, Research

Conserving Contemporary Art: Issues, Methods, Materials, Research


By (author) Oscar Chiantore, By (author) Antonio Rava

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  • Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute,US
  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 239mm x 20mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 8 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 1606061046
  • ISBN 13: 9781606061046
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 180 colour & 37 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 216,105

Product description

This is a thorough investigation of the material and philosophical aspects of conserving contemporary art. Since the advent of the avant-garde in the early 20th century, visual artists have adopted new techniques and materials, some of whose characteristics of aging and wear are still largely unknown today. The conservator's intervention has become increasingly delicate, problematic, and experimental and requires not only technical knowledge of these materials but also a greater awareness of the artist's intellectual universe. "Conserving Contemporary Art" is one of the first books to give a comprehensive overview of the many considerations faced by the conservator of modern and contemporary art.

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Author information

Oscar Chiantore is a professor of chemistry and polymer technology at the University of Turin. Antonio Rava is a conservator based in Turin where he has headed the conservation firm Rava&C. for over 30 years.

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"The conservation of contemporary art is both an understudied and extremely important topic. . . . This volume . . . has short chapters dedicated to pertinent issues (new materials, methodological problems, degradation), techniques (cleaning, inpainting, visual reintegration), and conservation of installation art, conceptual art, and Internet art. . . . Highly recommended."--"Choice"