Behaving badly? The conservation of modern textile art

Lennard, F. (2006) Behaving badly? The conservation of modern textile art. Restauro, 2006(5), pp. 328-334.

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Abstract

Textile conservators are increasingly likely to be asked to treat modern textile artworks. These often present new challenges: they may be made of unusual materials whose deterioration patterns are unfamiliar, they may utilise traditional textile techniques in unusual ways. Modern artworks may be hung in unconventional ways, or be displayed in spaces which are not standard museum venues. It is commonly accepted that it is necessary to gain as much information as possible in order to preserve the artist’s intent when treating modern artworks. Legislation also gives the artist moral rights over his or her work. The issues involved in the conservation of modern textile artworks are illustrated with examples of pieces treated at the Textile Conservation Centre, UK, among others, and with particular reference to a piece by Robert Rauschenberg.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Modern materials, textile sculpture, modern tapestry, artist’s intent, artist’s moral rights legislation, Robert Rauschenberg, Tadek Beutlich
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennard, Professor Frances
Authors: Lennard, F.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Restauro
Publisher:Callwey Verlag
ISSN:0933-4017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 Callwey Verlag
First Published:First published in Restauro 2006(5):328-334
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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