We were so honored to be a part of Christie's panel this past Sunday for a discussion and private viewing of on paper | online featuring highlights from Contemporary Edition, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Photographs and The Collection of Earl and a Camilla McGrath. Robyn Pocker weighed in on a lively discussion with fellow panelists from Christie's, New York Public Library, Andrea Pitsch Conservatory, and photographer Marco Breuer.
The panel discussion covered a range of related topics beginning with "Why collect works on paper?" yet the care of art acquisitions was the broader subject. Whether you purchase or inherit works of art on paper, the owner has a responsibility for their continued care and treatment.
Conservator Andrea Pitsch weighs in on the importance of preserving and protecting artwork on paper:
"It’s important to preserve and protect your works on paper by paying attention to the light level in your home. As you have seen, the light levels are quite low in museum gallery spaces devoted to paper. Paper is porous and quite sensitive to the environment.
If you are considering an art purchase from an auction house, ask for their in-house condition report. Their experts there will be helpful in educating you about what they know about the print or drawing. In addition, you can consult a paper conservator to view the artwork out of its frame and give you a detailed assessment of the condition. In case conservation work is advised, you can incorporate that expense into your bidding plan.
The framing choices are centered on archival treatment and the selection of the best quality matting and glazing can be your best investment for care. A framer who has background in archival materials as well as a broad range of frames to suggest is part of your collection strategy." - Andrea Pitsch
For more details on the exhibit, visit the live auction that is happening now.