“Conservation of the University Art Gallery Collection”
Isabelle Chartier, Curator University Art Gallery and Rikke Foulke, Painting Conservator
Following the major inventory of the permanent collection conducted in 2007 and the 2011 appraisal, the UAG has identified a number of objects that show major signs of deterioration. Although the UAG applies best care practices when storing, handling and exhibiting artworks, the gallery faces many conservation issues that can only be addressed by professional conservators. After determining unstable objects and their degree of damage, the gallery has created a priority list for restoration based on the nature of damage, the object’s historical and market value, and if the object has been selected for research and exhibition in the near future.
For the second part of the series on conservation, the UAG is happy to present guest lecturer Rikke Foulke, painting conservator, who will lead the way through the gallery exhibition to describe two paintings of the collection: an 1856 family portrait by Emil Foerster, and a 1959 abstract painting by Vasudeo Gaitonde. Please note that this lecture takes place in the gallery.