Lightaging of the most common photographic printing media.

 

The Oddy-Test shows if chemical reactions occur.

 

In this handout you can find our view about reprinting photographic artworks, a short summary of our reaserach studies and also an article about our reference scan.

RESEARCH PROJECT “SUSTAINABLE FRAMING OF LARGE-SCALE PRINTS”

In a research project on “sustainable framing of large-scale prints” recom ART cooperates with the Stuttgart Academy of Art and Design, course Conservation of Works of Art on Paper, Archives and Library Materials.  The aim is the development of a basically different alternative to the already on the market existing composite constructions.

Within this project and her bachelor thesis at the Academy Franziska Leidig is testing the most common materials used by recom ART. This includes aging tests under controlled climate and light conditions and also the Oddy test. The materials will be single tested and in composition. The tests will also give information about our very own established retouched splicing.

 

REMOVABLE MOUNTING

Furthermore recom ART is working on a method allowing the removal of photographic and inkjet papers from a backmounted material without any damages and residues.

 

THE ARTIST INITIATIVE SYMPOSIUM ON PHOTOGRAPHY: REPRINTING COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS AS A PRESERVATION STRATEGY

Friday, May 10, 2019 – 10 a.m. – Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco – Free with RSVP

https://www.sfmoma.org/event/the-artist-initiative-symposium-on-photography-reprinting-color-photographs-as-a-preservation-strategy/

The practice of reprinting damaged photographic artworks as a preservation strategy has increasingly become a topic of research in conservation, as well as a matter of debate amongst conservators, curators, and artists. SFMOMA’s Artist Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to redefine the museum’s approach to reprinting, and more broadly to the acquisition, stewardship, and display of contemporary photography. In the first phase of the project, a cross-disciplinary team of curators, conservators, and art historians interviewed photographers who are interested in reprinting their work in SFMOMA’s collection. A second phase of the project saw the team travel to meet with colleagues in American and European art institutions to share our findings and learn about their experiences. At this public symposium we will share our research findings and invite artists, curators, conservators, and others from the field of photography to contribute and engage in an open discussion on this important subject.

Participants

Clément Chéroux, senior curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Robin Clark, director of the Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Janet Delaney, photographer
John Divola, photographer
Corey Keller, curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Linde Lehtinen, assistant curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Monica Marchesi, paper conservator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Sarah Meister, curator of photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Richard Misrach, photographer
Markus Mueller, recom ART, Berlin
Peter Mustardo, director, The Better Image, New York
Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Roberta Piantavigna, associate conservator of photographs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel curator in charge, department of photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Schedule

10 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions

Clément Chéroux, Senior Curator of Photography, SFMOMA
Robin Clark, Director of the Artist Initiative, SFMOMA

10:20–11:45 a.m. | Session One

Reprinting Photographs: An Overview of the Issues
Introduction to SFMOMA’s Artist Initiative Photography Research
Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, SFMOMA

The History of Reprinting Photographs at MoMA
Sarah Meister, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art

A Philosophical and Ethical Framework on the Topic of Reprinting Photographs
Monica Marchesi, Paper Conservator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Audience Q+A

11:45 a.m.–1:30 pm | Lunch Break

1:30–2:45 p.m. | Session Two

Artist Panel: Photographers on Reprinting
Moderated by Erin O’Toole, Baker Street Foundation Associate Curator of Photography, SFMOMA

Janet Delaney
John Divola
Richard Misrach

Audience Q+A

2:45–3:45 p.m. | Session Three

Issues and Challenges with Reprinting Color Photographs
Moderated by Linde Lehtinen, Assistant Curator of Photography, SFMOMA

A Conservator’s Perspective on Reprinting Contemporary Color Photography
Peter Mustardo, Director, The Better Image

A Producer’s View on Reprinting Possibilities
Markus Mueller, recom ART, Berlin

Audience Q+A

3:45–4 p.m. | Break

4–5:15 p.m. | Session Four

Reprinting as a Preservation Practice: Where Do We Go from Here?
Moderated by Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SFMOMA

Sarah Meister, Curator of Photography, Museum of Modern Art
Sylvie Pénichon, Head of Photograph Conservation, Art Institute of Chicago
Roberta Piantavigna, Associate Conservator of Photographs, SFMOMA
Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Audience Q+A

5:15–5:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Robin Clark, Director of the Artist Initiative, SFMOMA