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Monday, June 26, 2017
June at The Center: Inside Disaster Response, Exploring & Preserving the Collection of Buzz Ruttenberg, Piecing Together a Puzzled Painting
Unfortunately, Hurricane season is upon us! When disasters strike, The
Conservation Center is on call 24/7 to respond to these events and help
mitigate damage to art and heirlooms. In our June newsletter we offer a
behind-the-scenes look into our disaster response services. Inside Disaster Response: Lessons Learned & Stories Shared highlights two recent art rescue projects and describes how we manage these difficult situations.
Also, in Linear Harmony: Exploring and Preserving the Collection of Buzz Ruttenberg,
join us in conversation with Advisory Board member David ("Buzz")
Ruttenberg and our CEO Heather Becker as they tour his home and discuss
his art collection.
Finally, in Piecing Together a Puzzled Painting, a James
Jeffrey Grant painting gets a full treatment to address discoloration
and flaking paint (with dramatic before and after pictures!).
this newsletter, we wanted to offer an educational feature related to
disaster scenarios we have encountered when responding to a variety of
fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or mold exposures.
is a challenging subject to talk about because these scenarios are
usually very serious events that not only bring about health and safety
risks, but also present a wide range of stressful, timely, and daunting
situations and decisions for all those present. That being said, it is
important to reflect upon these scenarios and learn from them.
Center has been involved in hundreds of disaster response scenarios
over the last 33 years, and we wanted to share a few recent disaster
response stories that impart how incredibly rewarding and humbling this
type of preservation work can be for all who are affected and involved.
(Click above to watch video) LINEAR HARMONY: EXPLORING AND PRESERVING THE COLLECTION OF BUZZ RUTTENBERG
Ruttenberg, a passionate collector and an active member of The
Conservation Center’s Advisory Board, recently invited our CEO Heather
Becker into his home for a conversation and a tour.
Heather and Buzz’s dialogue below, and watch our video of their walk
through of his extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary works,
many of which The Center has had the privilege of conserving and framing
over the years.
(Click below to read a transcript of their conversation)
The staff at The Center could not have been more thrilled when a former
employee, Megan, brought in a James Jeffrey Grant painting for
conservation. It was a lovely, serene landscape painting of cows grazing
in a luscious green field. Before finding its current home, the
painting hung above a fireplace in Megan’s relative’s home for over 30
years where it was exposed to extreme fluctuations in temperature. Due
to this environment, the paint layer was severely compromised and
exhibited significant areas of flaking paint overall. This lead to
numerous areas of exposed canvas and hundreds of tiny puzzle-like paint
pieces that were no longer adhered to the painting’s surface.
About The Conservation Center The
Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art
conservation laboratory in the country. With over 33 years of
experience, The Center is a leader in the field of art preservation,
evolving new treatments and methods to adapt to the rapidly-changing art
world. We have cared for fine art from some of the country’s most
prestigious private collections, museums, galleries, insurance
companies, and corporations.