Category: Conservation

Plastics in Art: Part 1

David McDiarmid was one of the first Australian artists to use synthetic plastics as a principal medium in his art.  His choice reflects the increasing pervasiveness of plastics in everyday life during the 1970s and the growing availability of plastics …  More

Jack Meyer, Industrial Revolution

As you leave the retro cool of  mid-century Australian design and furniture pieces of the Mid-Century Modern  exhibition, you may be surprised by a last minute 3 meter long splash of the seventies that is more kamikazes and wine coolers …  More

The conservation of Kore (Acc.No.1045A-D4)

Following my last blog post  on the conservation work on the NGV’s Kore (Acc.No.1045A-D4) I have some updates to share.   After one of the previously mended breaks came apart, all remains of the old adhesive needed to be removed. …  More

Keith Haring mural is restored

In 1984 during a three week visit to Australia, New York artist, Keith Haring, undertook a number of public art events. In Melbourne these included painting the NGV’s waterwall and completing a mural on the wall of what was then …  More

Melbourne Now countdown – day 83

Conservator, Catherine Earley, speaks about preparing for Melbourne Now.   I’ve just come back to my desk after taking part in a project meeting for Melbourne Now.  Armed with a list of artists and artworks my mission at these recurring meetings …  More

The conservation of Kore (Acc.No. 1045A-D4).

Having recently begun conservation work on the NGV’s Kore (Acc.No. 1045A-D4), I would like to share some of the fascinating history around this work, and some insights into the conservation work currently being undertaken.   As conservators, we are always …  More

Framing the Australian Impressionists in France

It is widely acknowledged that the Impressionists developed a radical style of painting. From their choice of subject to the materials and techniques they used, their approach was a deliberate rejection of the prevailing academic tradition. What is less well …  More