FALL 2010
GCI News
New Publications
Conserving Outdoor Sculpture
The Stark Collection at the Getty Center
Brian Considine, Julie Wolfe, Katrina Posner, and Michel Bouchard
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When the J. Paul Getty Museum received twenty-eight sculptures donated from the private collection of the late film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran, the sculptures thrust the Getty into the evolving field of outdoor sculpture conservation. To honor its responsibility, the Museum embarked on new research into the collection's materials—bronze, lead, ceramic, and painted metal—and construction techniques.

This book presents the conservators' comprehensive account of the process. Chapters are organized around phases of the project and address key issues facing those charged with caring for works of art displayed outdoors, including organization and planning; installation and grounds management; scientific analyses; collaborating with artists; structural issues; mounts, paint, coatings, and patinas; and longterm maintenance.

Brian Considine is head of the Department of Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Julie Wolfe and Katrina Posner are associate conservator and assistant conservator, respectively, in the same department. Michel Bouchard is a former assistant scientist in the Collections Research Lab of the Getty Conservation Institute.

This Getty Conservation Institute publication can be ordered online or by calling 800-223-3431 (United States) or 1-310-440-7333 (international).