• Art/Object Handling

    Published on 03-08-2010 11:37 PM
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    Submitted by Mark Slattery
    Originally published 1/15/09



    One of the perennial problems for preparators in the museum and gallery context is the repeated flatting and raising of picture containers many of which can have considerable heft. At the National Gallery, London, we routinely used to place foam blocks on the floor and manually lower the containers onto these pads. Depending on size and weight, additional staff would be required to ‘foot’ the container to avoid it slipping out at the bottom as the case tilts. Typically, these operations will tie-up five technicians
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    Published on 03-08-2010 02:00 PM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Materials,
    4. Installation,
    5. Conservation

    By T. Ashley McGrew
    Friday, March 28, 2008, Auditorium, The Getty Villa

    This is a report to members of PACIN who were unable to attend this event. Below is a list of the papers presented at the event followed by my typically windy account of what transpired (impatient folk please just skip to the end for the brass tacks).


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    Published on 03-08-2010 01:32 PM
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    3. Resources,
    4. Project Management

    Presented at the PACIN Workshop on May 5, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana
    by Richard Hinson

    When we need to hire new staff, for most of us in the art handling business, experienced art handlers are hard to find. My experience has taught me that art handlers are created, not found. Like Victor Frankenstein did with his creation, we have to find the most qualified, best candidates for the job and piece by piece create an art handler. Sometimes the best candidate is someone with no former art handling experience.
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    Published on 03-08-2010 12:59 PM
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    3. Installation,
    4. Rigging,
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    Brent Powell, Coordinator Art Handling
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Australia



    Geoffrey Bartlett "Messenger"

    In January 2003 the primary logistics started to be put into place for the re-installation of outdoor sculptures for the newly renovated National Gallery of Victoria Sculpture Garden. Five sculptures were to be installed in the garden and one sculpture removed from the present site before the grand reopening of the newly refurbished building on December 4th 2003.The sculptures from the NGV collection were August Rodin's "Balzac", William DeKooning's "Standing Figure", Henry ...
    Published on 03-08-2010 11:31 AM
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    4. Casework/Fabrication

    by Richard Hinson

    When moving a painting of any size from one place to another it helps to have a specially designed cart to safely get the painting to its destination. Small paintings that can be carried by hand are susceptible to damage from excessive handling. Plus, there's additional risk from carrying the painting great distances. Small though it may be, when your museum spans the distance of several city blocks, hand carrying a painting isn't practical. And forget about the idea of
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    Published on 03-03-2010 09:54 PM
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    2. Packing,
    3. Art/Object Handling,
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    Anyone who has worked as a commercial art handler in a major market has been trained in how to “fold” large paintings. The process is not as horrible as it may sound to those unfamiliar with the process.

    Most often the process involves a relatively “young” painting whose sheer size makes some kind of alteration of its’ normal stretched structure necessary in order to be able to remove it from the studio, gallery, or museum.

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