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ArtCare Conservation We are committed to the care of your paintings. Art Conservation, Painting restoration

The conservation world has lost one of the best.  https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/9/18/21440511/frank-zuccari-art-inst...
09/18/2020
Frank Zuccari, who oversaw 2-year El Greco restoration at the Art Institute, has died

The conservation world has lost one of the best. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/9/18/21440511/frank-zuccari-art-institute-el-greco-restoration-assumption-virgin-old-masters-obituary?fbclid=IwAR2fEKF8Jq5a4FkJYE6fXfkEcwsSYsUFp1pKp4mY612Y76MYXaqvzt8HlNQ

For 18 months, the revered art restorer brightened and touched up the 16th century work ‘The Assumption of the Virgin.’ He worked on the frame for another six months.

09/09/2020
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

Sometimes our job is just to see that paintings move safely!

Adiós "Guernica!"

#OTD in 1981, Pablo Picasso’s monumental anti-war mural was packed up and returned to the artist’s native Spain after 42 years on extended loan to MoMA.

Due to security concerns, the de-installation took place in secret. The painting flew back to Spain on a commercial flight that evening, and can now be seen at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Learn more: mo.ma/history

If you can't go to a National Park in the time of CoVid, at least clean one.  Rustin and Oliver working on The Domes of ...
08/11/2020

If you can't go to a National Park in the time of CoVid, at least clean one. Rustin and Oliver working on The Domes of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt.

So much of what we often have to do is repair damage from previous treatments gone wrong. This article highlights the im...
06/23/2020
Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain

So much of what we often have to do is repair damage from previous treatments gone wrong. This article highlights the importance of a well trained professional. María Borja, Acre’s vice-president, is correct when she says that these mishaps are “unfortunately far more common than you might think” and that “we only find out about them when people report them to the press or on social media, but there are numerous situations when works are undertaken by people who aren’t trained.” @artcare always strives for museum quality conservation and restoration treatments. We are proud of our diverse, knowledgeable, and talented team of well trained professionals. #themoreyouknow
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/22/experts-call-for-regulation-after-latest-botched-art-restoration-in-spain?source=techstories.org

Immaculate Conception painting by Murillo reportedly cleaned by furniture restorer

ArtCare Conservation treated this work by @faithringgold some years ago when it was on loan in Miami and heading to Spai...
06/15/2020

ArtCare Conservation treated this work by @faithringgold some years ago when it was on loan in Miami and heading to Spain to hang with Picasso's Guernica. With all that is transpiring, we are proud to have saved this piece of #Americanhistory and to see it displayed at the new MOMA

Social distance in painting conservation.  Rusty's husband (quarantine mate) is now doing the filming for the Bank of Am...
03/22/2020

Social distance in painting conservation. Rusty's husband (quarantine mate) is now doing the filming for the Bank of America project we are working on. #aloneinthestudio #staywellfriends

We live for this! Found a label on the back of a painting we were conserving at the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa. #yes...
01/27/2020

We live for this! Found a label on the back of a painting we were conserving at the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa. #yes!

....and it's up! #EmperorJustinian #Benjamin-Constant #RinglingMuseum #goteam
01/15/2020

....and it's up! #EmperorJustinian #Benjamin-Constant #RinglingMuseum #goteam

01/01/2020
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

In the 1990's ArtCare Conservation directed the team that conserved the chapel. It was a challenging and thrilling project, involving all types of conservation specialists and lots of support from the Morse Museum staff. Visit Winter Park, FL and check it out!

Watch the changing light of the Tiffany Chapel here. A cycle of dimming and brightening in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s extraordinary interior from the 1893 Chicago world’s fair transports 21st-century visitors back to when electrical illumination was being realized. These low light levels, suggestive of the 19th century, alternate with a bright view so that all can marvel at each and every luminous mosaic and marble element in the decades to come. https://buff.ly/2FWyzUL

12/24/2019
The Ringling

Our biggest project this year! It's been great working with the team at the Ringling Museum. Thanks to the Getty Foundation.

One of The Ringling's most impressive works is returning to view for the first time in over 60 years! "Emperor Justinian" by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant is currently undergoing the final stages of conservation, before it is installed in Gallery 21 this January. Find out more http://bit.ly/ConservingEJ

In 2019, The Ringling was awarded the Conserving Canvas grant from The Getty Foundation to support the cost of treatment of the 1886 painting "Emperor Justinian" by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (French, 1845-1902). The grant also supported training residencies for several emerging and mid-career painting conservators to work on the project. Conservation began in July 2019 at ArtCare Miami, one of the premier art conservation centers in the country, and will be completed in January 2020.

@GettyFoundation @ArtCareConservation

Double decker inpainting! #ringlingmuseum #Benjamin-Constant #Getty
12/21/2019

Double decker inpainting! #ringlingmuseum #Benjamin-Constant #Getty

Over the last month Oliver in our Miami studio has been leading workshops on lining paintings. Wonderful to have mid-car...
11/18/2019

Over the last month Oliver in our Miami studio has been leading workshops on lining paintings. Wonderful to have mid-career conservators from all over learning and sharing information: Detroit Art Institute, Ringling Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal , VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Universite Externado de Columbia and teachers from the NYU, Buffalo, and Queens graduate conservation programs. Special thanks to the Getty for funding!

Working tall! We are getting ready for lining The Emperor Justinian by Benjamin-Constant from the Ringling Museum.
10/26/2019

Working tall! We are getting ready for lining The Emperor Justinian by Benjamin-Constant from the Ringling Museum.

We treated this amazing Faith Ringold painting when it was on loan to PAMM in Miami.  She honored us with a visit to our...
10/22/2019
The new MoMA shows what the future of art’s history could be

We treated this amazing Faith Ringold painting when it was on loan to PAMM in Miami. She honored us with a visit to our NYC studio to talk about her work and her choices of materials.

As the museum attempts to open out art history with impressive renovations and a rehang of its permanent collection, one writer asks if it’s achieved what was promised

Throwback Thursday! This was such a special project!
09/20/2019
The Restoration of the “History of Learning in Florida”

Throwback Thursday! This was such a special project!

If you’ve ever visited the Grand Reading Room in Smathers Library you’ve probably noticed the large mural on the north wall. Learn all about “History of Learning in Florida”…

It's special to work on paintings by female artists! This painting by Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625..remarkably 92-93 ...
09/18/2019

It's special to work on paintings by female artists! This painting by Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625..remarkably 92-93 years old!) is from the Lowe Art Museum. Kelly at the easel!

Bierstadt research! Rusty is up to her elbows writing an article about the Domes of Yosemite. #Writingvacation
09/10/2019

Bierstadt research! Rusty is up to her elbows writing an article about the Domes of Yosemite. #Writingvacation

Proud to be a board member for this amazing group of women!
08/12/2019

Proud to be a board member for this amazing group of women!

Today's Member Monday is ArtTable board member, and Florida chapter co-chair, Rustin Levenson! Rustin is the president and founder of @artcareconservation. Rustin graduated with a degree in Art History and a minor in Chemistry from Wellesley College. She was trained in conservation at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. Rustin has worked on the conservation staff of the Canadian Conservation Institute, the National Gallery of Canada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art before opening ArtCare Conservation with studios in Miami, Florida and New York, NY.
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She has also co-authored the book, Seeing Through Paintings, Yale University Press, and chapters in The Expert versus the Object and The Conservation of Easel Paintings. In addition to her publications, Rustin lectures extensively to professional groups, at universities, and to public forums. She is a Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. In 2015 she was honored with a Residency at the American Academy in Rome.
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Rustin's current projects include the treatment of the Ringling Museum's The Emperor Justinian by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, a project funded by the Getty Canvas Conservation Initiative, and writing an article about the studio's recent treatment of The Domes of Yosemite by Albert Bierstadt.
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Check out this fantastic video on the treatment of the Botticelli/Ghirlandaio: http://bit.ly/artcareconserveration
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#membermonday #womeninthearts #womenlead

07/09/2019
Botticelli & Ghirlandaio: Coronation of the Virgin

The Ghirladaio/Botticelli is safely back at the Bass Museum....here's the video that was made for the Bank of America. https-//vimeo.com/346433640

The 'Coronation of the Virgin' (c. 1492) is the only known collaborative composition between Florentine Renaissance masters Sandro Botticelli (1444/45-1510)…

Visiting another recent project, Albert Bierstadt's, The Domes of Yosemite in St. Johnsbury,VT.  Also visiting the place...
07/01/2019

Visiting another recent project, Albert Bierstadt's, The Domes of Yosemite in St. Johnsbury,VT. Also visiting the place where it hung in the home of it's first owner, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk, CT. #funresearchproject

Inpainting Ghirlandaio/Botticelli Coronation of the Virgin #gamblinconservationcolors #bankofamericafunding
05/22/2019

Inpainting Ghirlandaio/Botticelli Coronation of the Virgin #gamblinconservationcolors #bankofamericafunding

We just sent this fascinating work back to the Morse Museum in Winter Park...We found another painting beneath Tiffany's...
05/06/2019

We just sent this fascinating work back to the Morse Museum in Winter Park...We found another painting beneath Tiffany's sketch for the Entombment......from their Newsletter....

"Recent Donation Offers Insights into the Entombment Window and Tiffany’s Art
A recently donated oil-on-board study of the Entombment window from Dorothy Schmiderer Baker—Louis Comfort Tiffany’s great-granddaughter—opens new areas of study in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artistic life. Not only has it enriched the Museum’s understanding of the complicated process by which the Entombment window was produced, but initial inspection hinted at possible hidden figures beneath the Entombment scene. Suspicions were confirmed when the panel was sent to ArtCare Conservation in Miami for conservation. With the help of infrared technology, we hope to better see the underpainting signed by Tiffany. This summer the panel will be added to the series of paintings and leaded-glass objects that form the process study for the Entombment window on exhibition in the Museum outside the Chapel.

This oil-on-board study of the Entombment window, a recent gift, sheds new light on Tiffany’s creative process. This oil-on-board study of the Entombment window, a recent gift, sheds new light on Tiffany’s creative process."

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