Preserving the (Nearly) Unpreservable
Though the Corcoran Gallery of Art's woes are on everybody's minds thanks to Jacqueline Trescott's excellent piece today, one upcoming public program promises a smart, scholarly look at a particularly Washington problem: How to conserve those Color School paintings -- the Tom Downing Targets, the Howard Mehring cut canvases -- that so archly resist preservation?
Painted with out-of-production Magna paints on unprimed surfaces, these pictures are a conservator's nightmare. On January 20, Jay Krueger, senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will address the challenges that these innovative modernist paintings have wrought.
If the Corcoran wants to remain vital, it'll need a regular roster of scholarly discussions like this one.
"Preserving the Washington Color School Paintings" is Jan. 20 at 6:30.
| January 5, 2011; 11:06 AM ET
Categories: Contemporary Art, Jessica Dawson, Museums
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