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“It’s pretty shocking to see a garden hose—although it’s filtered water!—being sprayed onto a painting.” —Holly Kreuger, conservator

When the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquired “No. 11” (1961) by Morris Louis, they were pleased but also aware that the large Color Field painting was overdue for a cleaning. That was especially true because of the unique vulnerabilities inherent to Color Field paintings. Essentially, since the canvas is unprimed, the bare fabric is extremely vulnerable to degradation.

The solution? A sunbath and a spritz. Have a look at this charming video to see how a little sunlight and hydration can rejuvenate anyone and some paintings.

Museums

3:05

MUSEUMS: Leonor Antunes Sculptures Collaborate with Each Other

7:44

VAULT: Martin Puryear Explores Human Scale (1999)

3:37

MUSEUMS: Laure Prouvost on Creating Immersive Work

8:04

MUSEUMS: Tavares Strachan on Launching ENOCH into Space

2:52

MUSEUMS: Radical Gestures of Painting Color

Galleries

3:18

GALLERIES: Vincent Tiley – Abstract Expression of Queer Desire

3:11

GALLERIES: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Inhabits Multiple Spaces

1:00

GALLERIES: Rare Robert Rauschenberg Series in Salzburg

Sponsor
3:45

GALLERIES: Idris Khan Is Interested in Traces Left Behind

Sponsor
3:49

GALLERIES: Tal R Is Just Like a Bird

Studios

3:20

VAULT: Peter Campus Hates “Three Transitions” (1973)

2:12

STUDIOS: Arthur Jafa on Black Visual Expressivity

3:33

STUDIOS: Philippe Parreno Doesn’t Completely Give Up Control

3:43

STUDIOS: Lauren Halsey Keeps Adding Layers

4:12

VAULT: Kenny Scharf Doesn’t Need Permission (2012)

Community

11:52

LONGFORM: Sarah Green on Public Funding for the Arts

2:32

COMMUNITY: Risa Puno Explores the Privilege of Escape

20:49

LONGFORM: For Jannis Kounellis, Art Is Drawing Life

4:51

COMMUNITY: Nothing is Certain with Cathy Wilkes

7:53

VAULT: Keith Haring Chats in Milwaukee (1983)

Market

2:48

MARKET: Making Old New Again at Kunstmuseum Basel

2:39

MARKET: Is Georg Baselitz the Greatest Living Painter?

1:32

MARKET: Frieze New York Opens Up Diálogos

4:57

MARKET: Yves Klein Shows Us the Immaterial

3:04

MARKET: Jeremy Couillard Collaborates with Code