Volume 9, Number 2, May 1987, pp.9-11
Zora's Catalogue for the Art Store (11961 Santa Monica Blvd., P.O. Box 250036, Los Angeles, CA 90025 or call toll free 1-800- 525-5111 outside CA, 1-800-432-9964 inside CA) has recently come out. It features Golden Artists Acrylic Paints, Gamblin oil paints, COSMOS synthetic brushes from West Germany, a rugged studio easel which can accommodate a canvas 52" high and occupies ground space 21.5" X 24.75" and Zora's Own Paper Palettes (50 disposable palettes to a pad.)
The Balboa Art Conservation Center is currently investigating the techniques of the painters of the American West.
Artists in our examination include:
Albert Bierstadt, Oscar E. Berninghous, Ralph Blakelock, Ernest Blumenschein, Emily Carr, George Catlin, Maynard Dixon, Henry Farny, N. I. Fechin, Grace Hudson, Frank Tenney Johnson, Sidney Laurance, William R. Leigh, Thomas Moran, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Charles Schreyvogel, Joseph Sharp, N. C. Wyeth
Any information regarding painting technique, preparation of grounds, pigments used, conservation problems encountered due to painter's technique, information from letters, interviews regarding technical aspects of the artists, etc. would be of great value to us. Please contact Joan Samuels or Daniel Fabian at the Balboa Art Conservation Center, Box 3755, San Diego, CA 92103. Tel: (619) 236-9702 .
The objects laboratory at the Pacific Regional Conservation Center at the Bishop Museum has been working with a variety of object materials and structures and welcomes information exchanges in any of the following areas: Conservation survey instruments and techniques for large numbers of both natural history and anthropological collections; gourd containers and artifacts; condition surveys of bronze artifact collections; stabilization treatments of, and case design for ancient Chinese bronzes; repair and compensation techniques for coromandel panels and screens; systematic examination and stabilization treatments of cordages and netting; mechanical cleaning and treatment methods for feathers on artifacts; conservation of shell materials in artifacts; hygrometric half-time controlled exhibit case design for both small and large objects; repairs of taxidermied mammal specimens; monitoring isopropyl solution concentrations for preservation of zoology specimens; adhesives for herbaria specimens; anatomical reference standards for fiber, wood and herbatious material from vouchered botanical specimens for Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts.
It has been a busy period for PRCC with an unusual number of large on-site projects. We're presently gearing up for a new fiscal year that will be filled with conservation surveys for many of our member institutions.Submitted by the Pacific Regional Conservation Center (PRCCJ)
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is experiencing outbreaks of a white efflorescence/crystal growth on the surfaces of metallic objects alloyed with lead. The objects had been stored in nearly airtight, painted, twelve month old steel cabinets. This preliminary report will identify the suspected causes for the efflorescence and describe the analysis of the white exudate.(Abstract from a presentation given by Michael Connolly titled
Recently, the paintings conservation lab at LACMA received an order of screw-cap jars from Fisher Scientific. These jars are made by Qorpak Company and are used in the paintings lab for the storage of solvent mixtures, varnish solutions and other chemical substances. Unfortunately, the coloring agent in the screw-caps, which are a phenolic resin with Teflon liners, was sensitive to organic solvents such as Stoddard solvent. The green color dissolved and came off on cotton swabs in contact with the relatively 'mild' solvent. Previously, we had received similar jars from Qorpak that had black lids. The black lids seemed to cause no problems. In a conversation with Qorpak representatives, we learned that Teflon lined lids were now available in green only. Whether or not others have experienced similar problems with Qorpak jars would be of interest to us (213-857-6168). Perhaps other sources for solvent storage jars exist. We are currently looking into this.Conservation Center, LACMA
Are you ever in need of a quick molding technique with the capability of replicating finger prints? Here's a technique that I use at the studio all the time.*
You are now ready to cast plaster, hydrostone, urethane, epoxy and yes, even wax for lost wax casting back into your mold. Like all procedures, this one will take a little practice but it's sure to take hours off your project not to mention the fine detail you can attain at a fraction of the cost.
If you need any material or technical information please feel free to call the studio.
* This technique should only be used on physically sound objects, which can withstand immersion into hotJoe Kleeman
We are pleased to advise that we have arranged for a special production run in P.T.I.--Blotting Paper #112/wl, 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, 300 g weight, approx. 20 pt. caliper, in sheets 38 X 25 inches, packed 100 sheets per carton. Price: $115.65/carton, delivered.
Our manufacturing specifications call for a blotting paper of dense quality, without surface linting.
If you are interested in participating in this production, please let us have your order reservation at your earliest convenience.
We also will be producing a limited quantity of the above blotting paper grade in size 38 X 50 inches and in rolls 80" X 40 yards. Price information will be submitted upon request.Estelle Taylor
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