TLC: Conservation and the Collection

Jan 26 2019 to Aug 4 2019
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Image of Hold Painting Before and After Conservation

It is not just people who need tender loving care. Sometimes art does, too. A conservator, who is equal parts chemist and artist, may remove yellowed varnish and gently clean the surface; fill in some missing areas of paint; or attach a lining to the back of a canvas to help stabilize the paint on the front. The thirteen diverse works in this exhibition have all received a variety of treatments.

The dramatic before and after photos of Maud Spiller Holt’s Village Scene reveal that a glowing image was hidden below layers of dirt and staining; we are very pleased to exhibit it for the first time. 

TLC is not just a tribute to the diverse nineteenth- and twentieth-century art on display, but to Chicago-based Barry Bauman, who, after years of running an internationally known conservation studio, retired and offered his services pro bono to non-profit organizations to care for their treasures. Bauman has treated 47 paintings for the Museum.

Image: Maud Spiller Holt, Village Scene, undated, oil on canvas, Collection of the UK Art Museum (before and after conservation).

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