Preparing for the Henrietta Berk Retrospective at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

This article is about preparing newly rediscovered important  artwork from the 1960s Post WWII Abstract Expressionist Bay Area for the Henrietta Berk Retrospective at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University. Collaborating and consulting experts for the exhibition are Steven Stern Fine Art, Debra Solon and Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. Here is a short intro video:

It is, essentially, the rediscovery and relaunch of the reputation of an exceptional artist and over the last few years, FACL, Inc. has been excited… even thrilled to be included in the art conservation preparation of the body of work for an exciting upcoming exhibition and publication!

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Preservation Houston Award for Mural Conservation Treatments of Historic National Treasure in 2020

The restoration of the John Biggers mural at the Blue Triangle Community Center in Houston Texas received the Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation. The mural conservation treatments by Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, which saved the badly damaged mural work, was recognized during the presentation. Preservation Houston Executive Director, David Bush, produced an a/v program also highlighting the mural restoration efforts and credits.

The high profile mural conservation efforts were discussed and monitored at the highest levels of historic preservation professional circles, even in Washington DC. The mural conservation treatments and the quality of results was applauded by consultants and professionals within the Houston Museum of Fine Arts systems, from the board of directors of the Blue Triangle Community Center, and among historic preservation proponents in Washington DC.

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Keith Haring and Banksy in the House!! Saving, Preserving, Restoring, Conserving Street “Art?”

One of the other street/graffiti artists that is well known besides Banksy is Keith Haring. We just had a paste-up come into the lab for preservation treatments (it doesn’t really need much in the way of “restoration”). It was obviously authenticated, having been sold in a public sale, I believe. If you’ve followed this Facebook page of our art conservation activities for awhile, you’ve seen our work with street art and contemporary artists. In fact, I’ll be speaking at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on February 19th

Keith Haring Paste-up

A long time associate of ours in contemporary art is speaking on Keith Haring. Will Shank and Antonio Rava are highly experienced conservators who work on large scale artworks all over the world. They are visiting Melbourne to consult on the complex conservation issues of the Collingwood Keith Haring Mural. They will speak about the technical, ethical and community issues in the conservation of indoor wall paintings, murals and street art. Examples of artworks they have worked on in the USA, Italy, Spain, other parts of Europe, China and Cambodia will be discussed as well as Will’s work with the Rescue Public Murals initiative. https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/14090-conservation-of-wall-paintings-murals-and-street-art-an?fbclid=IwAR01F9z6hdfab4MGBb7_nF8ebxHkxr857ZKgIF8iIwXntusOaVLf9mTyXnI

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Art restoration in Pasadena, CA of a gorgeous garden mural of a peacock and flowers

Expert painting restoration treatments saved a gorgeous outdoor mural in Pasadena CA (Los Angeles area) this week… and the mural isn’t even that old. Painted in 2004, the mural was painted onto a covered garden wall over a paint layer that wasn’t stable. So, once again, contemporary art is more temporary art than it should be due to the lack of knowledge and craftsmanship of the artist.

But it is a gorgeous painting of a peacock in a garden setting that most anyone would love to have on their wall in the garden. The surrounding features in this garden makes the whole “art presentation” very special and zen-like. Bougainvillea surrounds the mural which also has the flowering vine depicted and the receding perspective that takes your eye back into the distance makes the mural look like a passageway into another part of a manicured garden.

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Santa Barbara Mission’s Original 1786 Lienzo Discovered Lost In Storage, Art Restoration Expert Tells Story

Its story of earthquake destruction and its art conservation

SB Mission Lienzo (wall covering mural) Photo Pre-1925

This last year it was with great excitement that a very important historic and exciting decorative element of the original 1786 mission was rediscovered rolled up and unrecognizable in storage. It was the backdrop or type of mural-like theater curtain that was at the front of the chapel to give depth and design to the otherwise flat front chapel wall. The “Lienzo” (Spanish for “canvas” but, in ethnohistory, a lienzo is a sheet of cloth painted with indigenous Mesoamerican pictorial writing) lays out the architecture of a more formal church with Catholic saints, probably painted with indigenous help. What a treasure, an original design element and an important part of the original historical Santa Barbara Mission Chapel!! Cudos to Executive Director Monica Orozco and her team for saving the treasured art feature. But read ahead for the odd story about what happened to this important element of the church.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) Featured Expert Speaker Art Conservation

What are the materials and methods of contemporary painting? How do they differ from tradition? What variations create problems and consequences for conservation and restoration? Fine Art Conservator, Scott M. Haskins will entertain and educate with stories and examples from his quest to save today’s artistic paintings for future generations.

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB)
Paseo Nuevo Upper Arts Terrace, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101,

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New “Twists” on Authenticating Artwork

Identifying Art Fakes and Challenging Art Forgers with High Tech

Scott M. Haskins inspecting a 300 year old painting for previous restorations.

As an art conservator, I am asked once a week (or more) to technically examine artwork in the hopes of “authenticating” it. Most of these requests come from people that have already been through a lot of discussions with art experts or institutions that they consider were not “helpful.” In fact, most people hit a lot of dead ends from people not taking them seriously. This article will explain some of that dilemma. I mean if your life, as a mild mannered scholar, were threatened would you be available to the public?

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Smoke Damaged Collectible Restoration Cave Fire Santa Barbara

While some structures will be directly affected by the heat and flames, many more are affected by the smoke and ask. If you have smoke damaged contents, do you want the same company who cleans your drapes and sofa to take a mop to your heirlooms, art collection and antiques? Check out this short educational video in this article.

You need help settling the claim for smoke damaged art, antiques and collectibles restoration after a house fire or wildfires. We have done evaluations and written proposals for disaster response companies and insurance claim adjusters for many hundreds of homeowners just during the last couple of years. 

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Recent Visits To Mural Restoration and Preservation Projects

Join Art Conservator, Scott M. Haskins as he visits several special mural conservation consultation public art projects that he worked on over the last few weeks. 

Here are some other walk through visits of interesting artsy historical preservation and restoration projects: https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/mural-restoration-consultation-services-historic-preservation-fine-art-expertise-art-conservation/

And, I’d bet good money that you would like to be walking beside me as look over these super interesting behind the scene’s examples of historic preservation mural restoration projects. “Getting the Right Info for Mural Restoration Projects – The importance of quality expert consultation” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvqtryJLR28 Continue reading

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The Great California ShakeOut Risk Management for Business Art Collections

 

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