No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Penelope Umbrico, "Universal Remotes (eBay)," 2008. C-prints, dimensions variable.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Preserving Digital Art: A Case Study

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Preserving Digital Art: A Case Study

What is involved in caring for time-based artworks? Columnist Richard McCoy convenes a group of experts to discuss.

Limited Edition Tony Smith T-Shirt.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Happy (Belated) Birthday, Tony Smith!

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Happy (Belated) Birthday, Tony Smith!

You can help document the work of sculptor Tony Smith and get a limited-edition t-shirt, too! Columnist Richard McCoy has the details.

After restoration, night view of the north west wall of Milton Glaser's mural, "Color Fuses," 1975. Image by Mark Williams, Imagenation, LLC. Property of the U.S. GSA.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Restored and Renewed: Milton Glaser’s 1975 Artwork, “Color Fuses”

Mitlon Glaser’s 1975 art installation in Indianapolis, “Color Fuses,” recently underwent a dramatic restoration and can now be seen as the artist originally intended.

Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing #683" (1991), Photo by Richard McCoy

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Jean Tinguely’s Last Major Artwork–20 Years Later

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Jean Tinguely’s Last Major Artwork–20 Years Later

Richard McCoy looks at Jean Tinguely’s 1991 masterpiece “Cascade” in Charlotte, NC.

Sonya Clark, "madam cj walker", plastic combs, (2008). Courtesy artist's webpage.

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No Preservatives | News and Notes

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | News and Notes

Richard McCoy catches Art21 Blog readers up on the latest news from the field of contemporary art conservation.

Ben Osaghae in his Lagos Studio

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No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria: Ben Osaghae’s Critical Observations [Part III]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria: Ben Osaghae’s Critical Observations [Part III]

In this five-part series, Richard McCoy looks back on his recent trip to Nigeria through the lens of artists working in the area.

Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Photo by Richard McCoy.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria: The Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos [Part II]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria: The Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos [Part II]

In this five-part series, Richard McCoy looks back on his recent trip to Nigeria through the lens of artists working in the area.

The author with Amanda Thompson, registrar at MfAA, and senior staff at the National Museum of Lagos.

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No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria [Part I]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking Back to Nigeria [Part I]

In this five-part series, Richard McCoy looks back on his recent trip to Nigeria through the lens of artists working in the area.

Tom Learner, GCI Senior Scientist

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No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Science and Ethics of Contemporary Art Conservation: A Discussion with Tom Learner

Richard McCoy talks to Tom Learner, senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, whose career has spanned a number of important institutions and projects.

"Lick and Lather" by Janine Antoni (1993-94), Image courtesy SFMoMA

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No Preservatives | The Top Ten U.S. Online Contemporary Conservation Projects from 2011

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The Top Ten U.S. Online Contemporary Conservation Projects from 2011

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy lists his top ten U.S. contemporary conservation projects from 2011.

Opening Session at the ICOM-CC Triennial

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No Preservatives | The State of Affairs in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | The State of Affairs in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

IMA Conservator Richard McCoy looks back at two international conferences that dealt with the conservation of contemporary art.

Daniel Ostroff Inspects the Underside of a Customized Eames Compact Sofa at the Miller House and Garden. Photo by Tricia Gilson.

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No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part II]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part II]

Richard McCoy and Tricia Gilson talk with Eames expert Daniel Ostroff about his ongoing work in studying, collecting, and exhibiting the designs of Charles and Ray Eames [Part II].

Development of Aluminum Chairs, with Ray and Charles at left, circa 1958, photograph from Library of Congress.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part I]

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Following the Eames Legacy: A Discussion with Daniel Ostroff [Part I]

Richard McCoy and Tricia Gilson talk with Eames expert Daniel Ostroff about his ongoing work in study, collecting, and exhibiting the designs of Charles and Ray Eames [Part I].

Jeff Jamieson in front of Compact Gallery

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No Preservatives | Making Work: A Continued Discussion with Jeff Jamieson

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Making Work: A Continued Discussion with Jeff Jamieson

Artist Jeff Jamieson talks with IMA Conservator Richard McCoy about working with Robert Irwin and other artists.

Jeff Jamieson in his studio.

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No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Jeff Jamieson Discusses the Fabrication of Donald Judd’s Wood Furniture

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Jeff Jamieson Discusses the Fabrication of Donald Judd’s Wood Furniture

Jeff Jamieson talks about his history of making Judd Furniture with IMA conservator Richard McCoy.

Eleanor Nagy conserving a Donald Judd artwork in her studio. Photo by Shelley M. Smith.

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No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Eleonora Nagy Discusses Conserving Judd’s Art

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Preservation, Perfection, and Patina: Eleonora Nagy Discusses Conserving Judd’s Art

Art conservator Eleonora Nagy talks about her historic relationship with the conservation of Donald Judd’s artworks with IMA conservator Richard McCoy.

Chaos 1 in 2007.  Image from Flickr user S.E. Bennett.

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No Preservatives | “Chaos 1″ Returns to Life

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | “Chaos 1″ Returns to Life

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks about the return of Jean Tinguely’s 1974 masterpiece “Chaos 1″ in Columbus, Indiana.

Theaster Gates talking at Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference. IMA Photo by Tascha Mae Horowitz.

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Exploring the Freedom to Re-Present Value: A Discussion with Theaster Gates

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Exploring the Freedom to Re-Present Value: A Discussion with Theaster Gates

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with artist Theaster Gates about Thornton Dial in relations to Gate’s art practice in

LARGE SCALE: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

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No Preservatives | Looking at LARGE SCALE; A Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Looking at LARGE SCALE; A Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with Jonathan Lippincott about his new book, “LARGE SCALE: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Thornton Dial, Richard McCoy, and Kathleen Kiefer. 2009 Photo by Tad Fruits.

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No Preservatives: Getting to Know Thornton Dial

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives: Getting to Know Thornton Dial

IMA conservator Richard McCoy talks about his experience working on Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.

A view of upper Manhattan from the cab of an 18 wheeler

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No Preservatives | Richard McCoy’s Top 10 iPhone Images

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | Richard McCoy’s Top 10 iPhone Images

In 2010 I took more than 3,300 pictures and videos with my iPhone. No matter where I am, I have the thing with me; it’s terribly useful, occasionally entertaining, and …

Kendra E. Roth, Metropolitan Museum of Art Conservator

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No Preservatives | A Fresh Path at the Met: A Discussion with Kendra E. Roth

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

No Preservatives | A Fresh Path at the Met: A Discussion with Kendra E. Roth

Indianapolis Museum of Art conservator speaks with Metropolitan Museum conservator Kendra Roth about ancient chariots, fish, and kinetic sculptures, among other things.

Gaston Nogues arranging string spools for Gravity’s Loom; photo by IMA photographer Hadley Fruits.

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Considering Gravity’s Loom: A Discussion with Ball-Nogues

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Considering Gravity’s Loom: A Discussion with Ball-Nogues

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with the Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (Ball-Nogues Studio) about their recent installation, Gravity’s Loom, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

John Campbell working on Jonathan Borofsky's Hammering Man

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Caring for Outdoor Sculptures: A Conversation with John Campbell

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Caring for Outdoor Sculptures: A Conversation with John Campbell

IMA Conservator Richard McCoy finds out what John Campbell has been up to at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Karen te Brake-Baldock

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Contemporary Art: Who Cares? A Discussion with Karen te Brake-Baldock

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Contemporary Art: Who Cares? A Discussion with Karen te Brake-Baldock

IMA Art Conservator Richard McCoy talks to INCCA Central Coordinator Karen te Brake-Baldock about the recent international symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares? Research and Practices in Contemporary Art Conservation.

Twitpic by @MaxAndersonUSA or steel workers atop Free Basket

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Looking Back Through 100 Acres

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Looking Back Through 100 Acres

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy looks back at the documentation around the projects in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park before it opens this weekend.

Norah Fletchall

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Caring for What’s Living: a Discussion with Norah Fletchall

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Caring for What’s Living: a Discussion with Norah Fletchall

Indianapolis Museum of Art conservator Richard McCoy talks with Indianapolis Zoo conservator Norah Fletchall about ways in which their professional lives intersect.

Tara Donovan (2005) Photo by: Ellen Labenski

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Prelude: A Discussion with Tara Donovan

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Prelude: A Discussion with Tara Donovan

IMA Conservator Richard McCoy and SFMoMA Conservator Jill Sterrett talk to Tara Donovan about her new exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Mitchell Bishop at the Adamson House, Malibu, California. Photo Maria Gilbert.

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Cultural Landscapes, Aesthetics, and Tigers: A Conversation with Mitchell Hearns Bishop

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Cultural Landscapes, Aesthetics, and Tigers: A Conversation with Mitchell Hearns Bishop

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy speaks with L.A. Arboretum curator Mitchell Hearns Bishop about cultural landscapes within the context of aesthetics and even tigers.

Jeff Martin

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art: a Conversation and a Colloquium

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art: a Conversation and a Colloquium

IMA conservator Richard McCoy talks with Jeff Martin, who organized the upcoming colloquium “Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art” (March 17th and 18th at the Hirshhorn).

Rebecca Uchill

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining Roles and Investigating Responses; a Conversation with Rebecca Uchill

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining Roles and Investigating Responses; a Conversation with Rebecca Uchill

IMA conservator Richard McCoy talks with former IMA curator and current MIT PhD student Rebecca Uchill about the creation of the IMA’s Variable Art Team and the evolving roles of those that care for contemporary art.

Jorge Otero-Pailos, "The Ethics of Dust: Doge's Palace, Venice, 2009," 53rd Venice Art Bienale, Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

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The Ethics of Dust: A Conversation with Jorge Otero-Pailos

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

The Ethics of Dust: A Conversation with Jorge Otero-Pailos

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy discusses the installation “The Ethics of Dust” with Columbia University professor & architect Jorge Otero-Pailos.

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No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

International Design Conservation: A Discussion with Tim Bechthold

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

International Design Conservation: A Discussion with Tim Bechthold

IMA art conservator Richard McCoy talks with Die Neue Sammlung conservator Tim Bechthold about conserving design arts.

Glenn Wharton

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Concepts Around Interviewing Artists: a Discussion with Glenn Wharton

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Concepts Around Interviewing Artists: a Discussion with Glenn Wharton

IMA conservator Richard McCoy discusses the methodology and the process of interviewing artists with MoMA conservator Glenn Wharton.

carol

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Imaging Conservation at the Guggenheim: A Discussion with Carol Stringari

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Imaging Conservation at the Guggenheim: A Discussion with Carol Stringari

IMA art conservator talks with Carol Stringari, the Chief Conservator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

BOMB in the Building

Letter from London

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

What's Cookin': The Art21ndex

What’s Cookin at the Art21 Blog: A Weekly Index

It’s mealtime! Join Sonya for a fine helping of nutrients and adventure with this week’s Index: Round ‘em up Nicole! Here’s what Art21 artists have been up to this past …