Wednesday, August 01, 2018

July at The Center: Timeless Gilding Techniques, Framing a Robert Rauschenberg, and Treating a Henri Matisse Rug

This month, we are excited to release a new video highlighting our recent treatment of a gilded mirror. Next, we'll share a custom mounting system our Framing Conservators created to safely display a Robert Rauchenberg piece. Lastly, learn all about our recent treatment of a Henri Matisse rug and the fascinating history behind it.

Don't forget to scroll all the way down to see more recent news and announcements!
The Center's Gilding Department specializes in the preservation of frames and objects with gold, silver, and metal leaf applied to the surface. A wonderful example of the type of projects our Gilding Conservators frequently undertake recently came to us in the form of a mirror in need of conservation.


A Cabinet of Curiosities: Framing a Robert Rasuchenberg

Robert Rauschenberg is frequently remembered for his series of work created in the 1950s and 1960s that combined aspects of both painting and sculpture. Rauschenberg himself called them "Combines", a term he invented to describe a work that is neither a sculpture nor a painting, but rather a hybrid of the two. The artist was always one to experiment and fuse, often creating something new from two entirely different substances. Recently, one of Rauschenberg's curious pieces came to The Center for cleaning and framing.
Known mainly for his colorful paintings and abstracted paper cut-outs, Henri Matisse is a name familiar to art enthusiasts and casual museum-goers alike. Perhaps not as well-known is Matisse’s deep and life-long connection to textiles and fabrics. When The Center recently encountered an example of one of the artist's textile designs, we knew there must be a story behind it. 

Join us on Thursday, August 9 from 5-8pm for a series of open
houses to celebrate the historical and newly established art
organizations in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. 
Arts of Life
Chicago Artists Coalition
Chicago Truborn
Matthew Rachman Gallery
Monique Meloche Gallery
Paris London Hong Kong
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Spudnik Press
The Conservation Center
Volume Gallery
Western Exhibitions
This event is free and open to the public.
Shuttle service will be provided between locations.
Click here for more details!
The Conservation Center and EXPO 2018
For the seventh consecutive year, The Conservation Center will serve as the exclusive art conservation and custom framing provider for EXPO CHICAGO. The Center’s conservators will be on-call 24/7 during the fair to assist galleries whose pieces have sustained damage related to transportation and handling. Additionally, our educational booth will exhibit recently treated works from renowned Chicago artists such as Roger Brown, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Paschke, Tony Tasset, and more.
Charles White Newsletter Article Featured in Chicago Gallery News
Thank you Chicago Gallery News for featuring our newsletter article on Charles White! If you have not seen Charles White: A Retrospective,  the powerful exhibition is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago until September 3.

Click here to read the article on CGN's website.
Client William Hartel Takes Conserved Book With Him to the North Pole
William Hartel, longtime client of The Center and an avid book collector, recently took a novel our Book Conservator repaired for him on his summer journey to the North Pole. Bill, thank you for allowing us to be part of your adventure, and for sharing this picture! If you missed last month's article featuring this project,
click here to read all about it.


Ready to submit an inquiry about an art or heirloom item in need of conservation? Click below to get in touch with us:
About The Conservation Center 
The Conservation Center is the largest and most comprehensive private art conservation laboratory in the country. With 35 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. 
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