Conserving Contemporary Art

Conserving Contemporary Art : Issues, Methods, Materials, Research

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


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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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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 170.18 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 884.5g
  • 08 Jan 2013
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • Getty Conservation Institute,US
  • Santa Monica CA
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 180 colour & 37 b&w illustrations
  • 1606061046
  • 9781606061046
  • 198,231

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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""

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