Modern and Contemporary Art: New Conservation Challenges, Conflicts, and Considerations
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Sol LeWitt, 49 Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes, 1967–71. Enamel on steel, 49 units, each 23 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (60 x 20 x 20 cm). Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio; Fund for Contemporary Art, 1972. LEFT: Detail of one of the units. RIGHT: Post-treatment installation view. The discoloration and cracking affecting 33 of the units was deemed sufficiently antithetical to the artist’s intent of a perfectly white, unblemished surface that removal and reapplication of the enamel was considered a justifiable treatment. ©  2009 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.