We work with leading contemporary artists and artists’ studios to address questions about identifying conservation-approved materials to use in their work. This includes identifying materials (and paint systems) that will be appropriate for outdoor use as well as in a collector’s home environment. We also reverse engineer commercial products to make sure that they are composed of materials that will withstand their intended use by the studio for long-term preservation purposes.
We advise artists’ studios about any changes that are occurring to their works in private and museum collections, whether this involves paints chalking, coatings failing, or unexpected corrosion or discoloration of surfaces. We provide conservation firms with the necessary information to conserve the work in question, and identify the degradation mechanisms in the work so that proper storage and display conditions for the work can be recommended.