Dow Chemical Teams On Art Conservation | August 24, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 34 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 34 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 24, 2009

Dow Chemical Teams On Art Conservation

Department: Business
Keywords: Dow Chemical, Getty Conservation Institute, Tate
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Tate senior conservation scientist Bronwyn Ormsby cleans Alexander Liberman’s painting “Andromeda.”
Credit: Tate
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Tate senior conservation scientist Bronwyn Ormsby cleans Alexander Liberman’s painting “Andromeda.”
Credit: Tate

Dow Chemical, the J. Paul Getty Trust's Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, and London's Tate gallery will collaborate to develop an effective means of cleaning works of art created with acrylic paint. The partnership will employ Dow's computer modeling and robotics technologies to explore new conservation techniques for a fast-growing segment of most major art collections. "Preserving works of art made with acrylic paints presents unique challenges not found with more traditional art media, especially when it comes to cleaning," says Thomas J. S. Learner, senior scientist and head of modern and contemporary art research at GCI. Acrylic media has accounted for 50% of sales of artists' paints since the 1960s, according to the partnership.

 
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