• Artist
    Juan Ford
  • Title
    The Emissary
  • Date of Production
    2007
  • Medium
    Oil on linen
  • Dimensions
    66 x 51 cm
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy of the artist, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne; Jan Manton Art, Brisbane; and Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

Made to Last: the conservation of art


Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mars and Gordon Victor King Galleries
Admission: Free


Made to Last: the conservation of art explores issues of art conservation by bringing together works by five living contemporary artists who use a range of complex materials in their work.

While some materials a conservator encounters may be unstable, a different kind of instability is evident in the themes of the five artists included in the exhibition, Brook Andrew, Penny Byrne, Juan Ford, Ghostpatrol and Claire Anna Watson, each of whom is concerned in some way with the impact of humanity on the world - past, present and future.

There is no single solution to conserving contemporary art - an artist may have strong views on the conservation of their practice and this view may vary for individual bodies of work. Documentation and dialogue regarding an artist's intent and materials and techniques used are important tools for conservators, curators and private collectors to utilise in order to preserve important culture for future generations.

The 20th century saw a rapid increase in the availability of existing and new materials, particularly with the boom in mass production in the 1920s and mass consumption post World War II. Artists were now able to express their creativity in ways not previously possible and art conservators have also needed to adapt in their use of materials, techniques and technology.

A NETS Victoria exhibition in partnership with the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne and supported by Latrobe Regional Gallery. The tour of this exhibition is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Community Support Fund.

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