Modern and Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Conservation: Challenges and Advances
Conservators of outdoor sculpture can sometimes feel that they are witnesses to a hopeless struggle between sculptures and their environment. While they have a wide choice of treatment options for stabilizing and restoring outdoor sculptures, ensuring that protection remains effective is a formidable task.
Shared Responsibility: A Discussion about the Conservation of Outdoor Sculpture
Penny Balkin Bach, executive director of the Fairmount Park Art Association in Philadelphia; David R. Collens, curator and director of the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York; and John Griswold, of Beverly Hills–based Griswold Conservation Associates and conservator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, talk with Julie Wolfe, associate conservator in Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation at the Getty Museum, and Jeffrey Levin, editor of Conservation, The GCI Newsletter.
Save Outdoor Sculpture!: A Community-Based Conservation Program
Save Outdoor Sculpture! was launched in 1989 to document and improve the condition of outdoor sculpture in the United States. Through the survey and subsequent awareness and treatment campaigns, thousands of people across the country have rediscovered or learned more about their local sculptures.
Broken Obelisk: A Conservation Case Study
The 2003–06 conservation of the Rothko Chapel's Broken Obelisk, a monumental steel sculpture by Barnett Newman, illustrates many of the challenges that make the conservation of a modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture a complicated undertaking.
GCI News: Projects, Events, and Publications
Updates on Getty Conservation Institute projects, events, publications, and staff.