The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan

The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan Fine Art Conservation and Restoration

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The ArtConLab team removing dust and mold spores from textiles.
10/14/2020

The ArtConLab team removing dust and mold spores from textiles.

09/23/2020

Collection of Latvian Mittens.

Mold on wool skirt.  Latvian textile collection.
09/23/2020

Mold on wool skirt. Latvian textile collection.

The Art Conservation Lab team preparing a Latvian Textile Collection for short term storage.
09/22/2020

The Art Conservation Lab team preparing a Latvian Textile Collection for short term storage.

Before treatment and after treatment images. Japanese porcelain plate.
09/03/2020

Before treatment and after treatment images. Japanese porcelain plate.

It is always a joy to take care of your artwork. We love art conservation and most important, we are great at it.
08/01/2020

It is always a joy to take care of your artwork. We love art conservation and most important, we are great at it.

The Art Conservation Laboratory is delighted to present our renovated space. We know the renovation has caused great del...
06/26/2020

The Art Conservation Laboratory is delighted to present our renovated space. We know the renovation has caused great delay in the treatments of your pieces. With the new space we will be able to complete treatments in a faster manner. This, without changing our highest standards in conservation. Thank you all for your support and understanding along the way.

The Lab is undergoing major renovations. We would like to apologize for any delay or inconvenience this may cause. We ho...
06/11/2020

The Lab is undergoing major renovations. We would like to apologize for any delay or inconvenience this may cause. We hope the renovation help us have a more functional space, better illumination and new flooring allowing us to better sanitize the place. We thank you for your patience and your understanding.

Conservation tips for the everyday art collector.Museum glass is an excellent choice to frame artwork. It absorbs 100% o...
02/20/2020

Conservation tips for the everyday art collector.

Museum glass is an excellent choice to frame artwork. It absorbs 100% of Ultraviolet that are so detrimental to the artwork. Another advantage is that it is almost imperceptible to the eye letting the artwork look as it would without a glass. This explains the reason museums like this type of glass to exhibit their collections.

As an art conservator with 25 years of experience, I always recommend my clients to ask museum glass. When you take any of your pieces to your frame shop do not forget to ask for museum glass. While it is more expensive than the regular glass it is always worth the expense.

One example of the use of museum glass can be noticed (or not) in this wonderful embroidery piece. This was a piece my client’s mother made in the course of 20 years.

Despite being under glass that protects the delicate nature of the work, the eye can still enjoy in the splendor of the majestic stitch work and lavish fabrics.

This was another tip to help you preserve your collection, brought to you by The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan.

It is always safer to leave Art Conservation to the professionals.
02/13/2020
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It is always safer to leave Art Conservation to the professionals.

Today the lab hosted a beautiful embroidered-quilt in need of conservation framing. This is a very delicate family loom....
01/31/2020

Today the lab hosted a beautiful embroidered-quilt in need of conservation framing.

This is a very delicate family loom. Every single flower, every face, every hand is the result of intricate stitch work. I was not surprised to learn that the artist took 20 years to complete the artwork.

At the lab, we are delighted to help preserving this piece so future generations have an opportunity to appreciate it as we do today.

To see Baumgartner’s  of how to destroy the history of an art piece in 11 minutes follow the link below:https://youtu.be...
03/23/2019
The assassination of a painting

To see Baumgartner’s of how to destroy the history of an art piece in 11 minutes follow the link below:

https://youtu.be/v1Mjc4zNfY4

In the article attached you can read Elisabetta Bosetti’s discussion highlighting the ethical mistakes of Baumgartner’s approach.

How to erase for ever the history of a painting in 11 minutes and 41 seconds and still call yourself a conservator of fine art. There is a channel on youtube where a “serial killer” sho…

Early 20th mural found in old building in downtown Ann Arbor. Help is needed to preserve it for the future. #AnnArborHis...
03/10/2019
Downtown Mural Restoration (Ann Arbor, MI)

Early 20th mural found in old building in downtown Ann Arbor. Help is needed to preserve it for the future. #AnnArborHistory

Professional conservation of the 1880's mural hidden behind drywall at the old Peaceable Kingdom in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

03/09/2019
Light retouching can help retouch blemishes of a decayed painting. This painting had severe mold damage and its paint fi...
03/08/2019

Light retouching can help retouch blemishes of a decayed painting. This painting had severe mold damage and its paint film suffered discoloration as a result of it.

The cleaning of paintings, as it is in this case, can be a challenging task but quite rewarding.
03/06/2019

The cleaning of paintings, as it is in this case, can be a challenging task but quite rewarding.

At the Art Conservation Laboratory, we love what we do.
12/07/2018

At the Art Conservation Laboratory, we love what we do.

The use of Ultraviolet in the examination of paintings is essential. It helps the conservator identify old restorations ...
11/16/2018

The use of Ultraviolet in the examination of paintings is essential. It helps the conservator identify old restorations that are sometimes imperceptible under the naked eye.

The Lab is celebrating the completion of its new portable extraction chamber.
11/07/2018

The Lab is celebrating the completion of its new portable extraction chamber.

The latest case of the failed restoration campaign of a 16th century sculpture of St. George in Estella, Spain is yet an...
06/28/2018
Botched Spanish art restoration criticised

The latest case of the failed restoration campaign of a 16th century sculpture of St. George in Estella, Spain is yet another example where entrusting an art piece to amateur restorer can bring a damaging and costly outcome.

Different to amateur restorers, art conservators are college trained professionals with experience and knowledge on the conservation of artworks. Before entrusting your art piece to any conservator do research. Make sure you are dealing with a trained and reputable professional. Ask about the ethical guidelines and experience in the conservation practice. Remember that the physical integrity of your art piece is on the line. A professional art conservator will be more that willing to answer your questions.

A "frightening" attempt to freshen up a 16th century sculpture of St George enrages officials.

It is wonderful to participate in the preservation of our community's material culture.
05/14/2018

It is wonderful to participate in the preservation of our community's material culture.

This Korean War artifact was discovered in a box with other navy memorabilia in the basement. The box had been placed there over 25 years ago, probably sometime in the late 1980s. We took it to a restoration expert, Celina Berenfeld of The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan. Now it is cleaned up, framed and displayed in a prominent place behind the bar on the second floor.

It is exciting and very rewarding to see how the results of our professional work enrich our Ann Arbor Community.
05/14/2018

It is exciting and very rewarding to see how the results of our professional work enrich our Ann Arbor Community.

This banner welcomed home the returning veterans of WWI. It has been in the Hathaway family for generations. It was in very bad shape (for many years it was on loan to Bimbo's restaurant and was exposed to tobacco smoke etc.). Celina Berenfeld of The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan cleaned and restored it for us. It is now framed and displayed above the stairs on the second floor.

At the Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan we perform an exhaustive photographic documentation of the condition of a...
05/11/2018

At the Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan we perform an exhaustive photographic documentation of the condition of all art work brought to us.

The photographic documentation is done under different types of illumination. The most common are: normal light, ultra violet light, and raking illumination. Each type of light and illumination methods provides conservators important pieces of information that help conservators understand the condition of the art work. Only then can conservators formulate a well informed treatment proposal catered for the specific needs of each piece.

The presence of mold on art works  can cause great damage to the piece and also to one’s health and home. This is the ca...
05/02/2018

The presence of mold on art works can cause great damage to the piece and also to one’s health and home. This is the case of a beautiful landscape that shows evidence of infestation of microorganisms.

Visual examination suggest that this painting suffered a mold infestation. Evidence also suggests pthat while the mold was actively spreading a remediation attempt took place.

To stop the proliferation of microorganisms in the past, someone applied to the back of the canvas a thick layer of what appears to be a gum-resin. The gum-resin encapsulated both the mold and it’s spores. While this approach was helpful for the mold to stop spreading, the spores of the microorganisms did not die but remained dormant and encapsulated in the layer. This means that if the painting is exposed to the right environmental conditions the mold may become active again.

To prevent a future infestation the conservators at the Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan must remove all possible encapsulated spores and kill all the mold. To achieve this we must find the proper solution formulas. The solution must remove the gum resin without causing damage to the canvas or painting layers.

At the moment we are running tests with different solution. Tests are being analyzed under the microscope at 40X and 1000X with incandescent light and Ultra Violet. These test will help to find the right method to tray the painting.

The 2nd Phase at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was completed. It has been an honor to contribute in such amazin...
10/15/2017

The 2nd Phase at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was completed. It has been an honor to contribute in such amazing project!

Painting and frame: before and after treatment photos.
07/20/2017

Painting and frame: before and after treatment photos.

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