CARE OF ARTWORK & ART CONSERVATION
PROTECTING YOUR ARTWORK
Proper care and protection of artwork is very important because artwork can easily be damaged.
It's a good idea to immediately plan your protection strategy, at the time of purchase.
Inquire as to any special requirements that might be needed for protecting your new artwork. Ask the gallery or dealer
for any advice they might have, they or the artist might have printed care and handling instructions available for you.
Think about where the artwork will be displayed and use good judgment on where you place it. Fragile glass objects can fall
and break easily. Think twice about hanging your new painting over your fireplace, because possible heat and smoke damage.
Be careful when placing artwork in your kitchen because cooking oils and odors can cause problems with certain types of artwork.
These are just a couple things to consider in protecting your art collection.
Good books are available on the topic of collecting prints and fine art photography. Art conservation books also provide
information about protecting your artwork as well as fixing problems.
Finally, if you're interested in or collecting fine art photography, be sure to
read our article on the
Care and Handling of Fine Art Photography.
Below are additional resources related to protecting your artwork.
Art Conservation Resources
Art Conservation Centers
National Conservation Centers
Regional Conservation Centers
Amigos Library Services - Dallas, TX
Balboa Art Conservation Center - San Diego, CA
The Center for Art Conservation - Dallas, TX
The Conservation Center - Chicago, IL
Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts - Philadelphia, PA
Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center - Omaha, NB
ICA – Art Conservation - Cleveland, OH
National Park Service / Museum Conservation Services - Harpers Ferry, WV
Northeast Document Conservation Center - Andover, MA
Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies - Cambridge, MA
Midwest Art Conservation Center - Minneapolis, MN
Williamstown Art Conservation Center - Williamstown, MA
International Conservation Centers
Art Conservation Supplies
Data Base of Art Auction Prices and Artist Information
Are you interested in researching an artist or looking for current auction prices?
Mutual Art is a great place to start. They also offer the lowest prices for online appraisals.
They are a well respected source of art information online.
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