Artists' materials & collections research
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Art in LA
A study of materials and fabrication processes by L.A.-based artists and implications these have for conservation.
Conserving Modern Materials
Teaching resources for conserving modern paint materials developed for the Cleaning of Acrylic Painted surfaces workshops.
Managing Collection Environments Initiative
A multiyear initiative to address research and practical issues related to control and management of collection environments.
Lecture: Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor ...
Details and video of a panel discussion on management and care of outdoor artworks held at the Getty Center on May 25, 2012
Twentieth-Century Color Photographs: Identification and Care
Overview of the history and technology of the major traditional color photographic processes.
Issues in the Conservation of Paintings
More than 70 texts on paintings conservation, many appearing in English for the first time.
Modern Paints Uncovered
Papers and posters from the Modern Paints Uncovered symposium at Tate Modern in 2006.
Changing Views of Textile Conservation
Eighty-one readings in the practice of textile conservation.
El hilo continuo : la conservaci&ograven de las tradiciones ...
Describes collection of textiles at the Regional Museum of Oaxaca and use of textile tradition in daily life and ceremony.
Personal Viewpoints: Thoughts about Paintings Conservation
Features papers from a Getty Museum conference exploring the nature of paintings conservation.
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's <em>Gray Column ...
Presents the fascinating story behind the making of De Wain Valentines monumental sculpture, Gray Column.
Analysis of Modern Paints
Outlines techniques employed to analyze synthetic resins in modern painting materials.
Tunisian Mosaics: Treasures from Roman Africa
A richly illustrated introduction to the Roman-era mosaics of Tunisia.
Issues in the Conservation of Photographs
Chronicals development of photo conservation as a profession through 72 essential texts.
Conserving Outdoor Sculpture
Presents research on the materials and construction techniques of the Stark Collection at the Getty.
Lessons Learned
Proceedings from the 9th triennial meeting of the International Committee for Conservation of Mosaics in 2005.
Solvent Gels for the Cleaning of Works of Art
Examines gels cleaning treatment of paintings and painted works of art.
The Craftsman Revealed: Adriaen de Vries, Sculptor in ...
Results of the technical study of 25 bronzes by Adriaen de Vries.
Copper and Bronze in Art
A review of the literature on copper and its alloys.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science.
The Conservation of Tapestries and Embroideries
The 15 papers in this volume focus on treatments of western European tapestries and ecclesiastical embroideries.
Effects of Light on Materials in Collections
A survey of the impact of exposure to light with emphasis on photoflash and reprographic sources.
The Los Angeles Watts Towers
Recounts story of Simon Rodia and his creation and its preservation and the history of Watts.
Willem de Kooning: The Artist's Materials
An in-depth study of the paintings of Willem de Kooning from the 1940s to 1970s.
The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials
An informal reference source for practicing conservators working with objects made from plant materials.
The Restoration of Engravings, Drawings, Books, and Other ...
English-language translation of Max Schweidlers 1938 book.
Infrared Spectroscopy in Conservation Science
Discusses IR spectroscopy for analysis of museum objects, disseminating sample handling and spectral acquisition techniques applicable to their analysis.
The Structural Conservation of Panel Paintings
Proceedings of a Symposium at the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 1995. Available in four separate sections as downloadable PDF files.
World Rock Art
One of the word's leading experts, Jean Clottes, provides an engaging overview of rock art worldwide.
Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative
A multifaceted, long-term initiative for the varied conservation needs of modern and contemporary art.
Research into Practice Initiative
Develops training workshops, colloquia, and similar events to present scientific advances from research undertaken by the GCI and its partners.
Modern Paints
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute Project which addresses questions regarding the character of modern paint materials.
Preservation of Plastics
Overview and details of a GCI project on the preservation of plastic materials in modern and contemporary art.
UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic ...
Information on the master's degree program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation offered by UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Trust
Lecture: Modern Art in Los Angeles: An Evening with De Wain ...
This conversation with the artist looks at the production, conservation & display challenges around Valentine's work. Includes video.
Research on the Conservation of Photographs
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to identify major photographic processes and important process variants.
Museum Lighting Research
Examines to what extent range of techniques for illuminating light-sensitive artworks can be improved.
Panel Paintings Initiative
Overview and details of a GCI project on educational resources and training opportunities in the structural treatment of panel paintings.
Art in LA
Related project materials including publications, articles, and videos
Athenian Pottery Project
Scientific research to understand, the materials and techniques employed to create the iconic red and black figure pottery of ancient Athens.
Gels Cleaning Research (19982003)
Overview and details of a Getty Conservation Institute project on the use of solvent-based gels as cleaning systems for surfaces.
Characteristics of European and Asian Lacquers
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project to develop an analytical method to identify organic materials in Asian and European lacquers.
Environmental Guidelines for Collections (19992002)
Overview and details of a past GCI project for providing a reference for designing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for museums.
The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes
Contains interpretive data to aid conservators and curators in identifying photographs with similar analytical signatures.
Pollutants in the Museum Environment (19851998)
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that examined the risks posed to museum collections by atmospheric pollutants.
XRF Boot Camp for Conservators
Workshops on fundamentals of X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and data interpretation
Binding Media (19891999)
Overview and details of a past Getty Conservation Institute project that focused on developing methodologies to identify binding media in paint.
Cleaning of Paintings (19871989)
A summary of training courses that emphasized the use of new methods and materials for the cleaning of paintings sponsored by the GCI.
Insect Control with the Fumigant Vikane (19861990)
Overview and details of a past GCI project to investigate potential adverse effects of Vikane on museum artifacts and historic structures.
Permanence and Application of Conservation Materials (1983 ...
Overview and details of a past GCI program of research into the permanence and application of conservation materials.
Researching Florentine Workshop Practice
Seeks to understand how materials used in panel painting and manuscript illumination affect conservation of these works.
Antibody Research (20062010)
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute project toidentify proteins in binding media using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer
A series of workshops to disseminate new procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about lacquered objects.
Asian Organic Colorants (20062010)
Overview and details of a GCI project to develop a strategy for the analysis of Chinese colorants used as textile dyes and organic pigments.
Conservation of Photographic Materials (19871994)
A summary of training courses on the conservation and preventive care of photographic materials sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
This workshop series seeks to integrate ongoing scientific research with the latest perspectives on cleaning technology within art conservation.
Nitrogen Anoxia Research (19871999)
Overview and details of a past GCI project that focused on researching nitrogen environments to prevent museum objects from deterioration.
Collections Research Laboratory
Overview of the GCIs work in collections research in the areas of antiquities, manuscripts, sculptures and decorative arts, and paintings.
Outdoor Painted Surfaces
Details of a GCI project to research paints used in twentieth-and twenty-first-century outdoor painted works of art.
Lecture: Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and ...
Details and video of a live panel discussion presented by the Getty Conservation Institute in April 2009.
Preservation of Photographs and Photograph Collections
July 2014 course on identification & conservation of color and digital prints.
Poultice Desalination of Porous Building Materials 2010
Details of a workshop on poultice desalination of building materials in New Orleans, May 2010.
Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces
Description of the 2014 CAPS workshop at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
MEPPI Workshop in Amman (News Item)
Third and final workshop in this series began in January 2014.
Less is More: Minimally Invasive Methods to Repair Plastic ...
Research into how to repair art and design objects made of plastic.
CAPS Workshop in Australia (News Item)
In December 2013 the Art Gallery of New South Wales hosted this workshop on cleaning acrylic paints.
Art in LA (News Item)
Technical studies completed on four artists with publication due in 2015.
A Safe Place: Storage Strategies for Plastics (Article)
A look at how to store art works made of plastics for preservation.
Preserving Plastics: An Evolving Material a Maturing ...
A look at current research into how art works made of plastics are being conserved.
Animation Cels: Preserving a Portion of Cinematic History ...
GCI and Disney's Animation Research Library are collaborating on preservation of plastic animation cels.
Key Resources
Digital and print resources on the subject of conservation of plastics.
Exhibition: Jackson Pollock's Mural (News Item)
On view through June 1, 2014 at the Getty Center.
The Material of Many Possibilities (Discussion)
Conservation experts discuss ways of conserving works made of plastics.
Color Science in the Examination of Museum Objects ...
Overview of theoretical concepts as well as hands-on guidance on application of color science
Conserving Twentieth-Century Built Heritage: A Bibliography
An extensive subject bibliography on the conservation of modern architectural materials.
Newsletter 24.2 Fall 2009
Newsletter article on the cleaning of acrylic emulsion paintings.
From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine's Gray Column
Presents the fascinating story behind the making of De Wain Valentines monumental sculpture, Gray Column
Exploring Pollock
Film screening and discussion related to Jackson Pollock's seminal painting, Mural (1943).
Lecture: Object in Transition, Contemporary Voices
Details and video of a panel discussion at the Getty Center featuring artists Rachel Harrison, Paul McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property in Asia and the ...
A summary of a symposium that focused on conservation issues in Asia and the Pacific sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th ...
A summary of a conference sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute devoted to issues regarding the preservation of contemporary art.
Lecture: Art as Evidence: The Scientific Investigation of Works ...
Details of a Getty Conservation Institute panel discussion on December 1, 2009.
Conference: Ancient and Historic Metals: Conservation and ...
Summary of a symposium that addressed the technology, history, structure, and corrosion of ancient and historic metalwork.
Conference: Conservation of Cultural Property within the ...
Summary of a seminar about the importance of preserving historic city centers and ensembles of cultural property.
Conference: An International Meeting on the Study of Oriental ...
A summary of an international meeting held in Japan on the preservation of Oriental Lacquer (urushi) co-organized by the Getty Conservation Institute.
Conference: National Summit on Emergency Response
A summary of a conference that focused on the development of a national emergency infrastructure to safeguard cultural heritage.
Conference: Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas ...
Selected papers from a May 2003 symposium at the Getty Center, examining social, artistic, political and conservation issues of contemporary murals.
Conference: Historical Painting Techniques, Materials, and ...
A summary of a conference that brought together specialists working in the fields of historical painting techniques.
Mural Paints: Current and Future Formulations
Paper presented at the Getty symposium
Before the Paint Hits the Wall
Paper presented at the Getty symposium Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas, Los Angeles, May 2003.
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Photo ID: Cased Photographs
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs: Course Calendar, Module 1
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Technical Notes: What is a Photograph?
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Survey Work and Process Identification
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Gum Print Process Recreation
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Deteriorations of Photographs
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Process ID: Color Processes with Lab
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Participant Presentations: Dissemination Activities
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Film Development
Conservation of Photographic Materials
Session Outline: Condition Reports: Practical Work with a Study Collection