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Thursday, June 1 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Paintings) Color Field Paintings and Sun-bleaching: An approach for removing stains in unprimed canvas

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This talk presents a method for removing certain types of stains and general discoloration in the unprimed canvas of color field paintings from the 1950's and 1960's. Building upon a well-established body of research and publication in the field of paper conservation, aqueous sun-bleaching has become widely accepted as a reasonable and valuable method to consider when stain reduction in works on paper is desired. These techniques have been modified and scaled for use in treating color field paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and other artists who employed staining techniques of paint application. The case for approaching stains in an overall manner and avoiding local aqueous treatments is made, the general parameters of the sun-bleaching treatment outlined, and a preliminary analysis of the canvas and paint media before and after treatment is described.

Speaker(s)
avatar for Jay Krueger

Jay Krueger

Conservator, National Gallery of Art
Jay Krueger was appointed senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 1992, and has served as head of painting conservation since 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and has served on governing boards and advisory... Read More →

Co-Author(s)
avatar for Holly Krueger, [Fellow]

Holly Krueger, [Fellow]

Head of Paper Conservation, Library of Congress
Holly Krueger received her MS in Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works from the State University of New York in 1982. In 1993, she was appointed a Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress. Since 2010, she has been the Head of the Paper Conservation Section. Ms... Read More →
avatar for Julia Langenbacher

Julia Langenbacher

Principal, Langenbacher Art Conservation
Julia Langenbacher is a graduate of the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. She is a past fellow of the Getty Conservation Institute.
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Thomas Learner

Scientist/Researcher, Getty Conservation Institute
Tom Learner is head of the Science Department at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI); he oversees all of the Institute's scientific research, developing and implementing projects that advance conservation practice in the visual arts. As a GCI senior scientist from 2007 to 2013... Read More →
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Alan Phenix-[PA]

Paintings Conservator; Scientist
Alan Phenix is a paintings conservator, conservation educator and conservation scientist. Recently retired, from November 2006 he was employed as ‘Scientist’ at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), Los Angeles. In his first years at GCI he worked partly for the Museum Research... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Regency C Ballroom Level, West Tower

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