Modern Plastics

Posted in Conservation, Getty Conservation Institute, Sculpture and Decorative Arts

What Does Plastic Have to Do with Art?

Vestito Blu, Enrica Borghi, 2005. Mineral water bottles, plastic bags, and plexiglas, 85.8 x 85.8 x 263.3 in. (220 x 220 x 675 cm). Collection Mamac, Nice. Photo: Muriel Anssens. © Enrica Borghi

Many types of plastic used in artworks are now beginning to exhibit serious signs of deterioration – discoloration, crazing and cracking, warping, becoming sticky, and in extreme cases, turning completely to powder. The sheer number of plastics available constitutes a huge challenge for the conservation profession. More»

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      The Flip Side

      An almost 500-year-old plate depicting the abduction of Helen, the trigger for the Trojan War.

      The back records the year it was made, 1534 (MDXXXIIII), along with the artist’s signature and a verse describing the mythological scene on the front. Too beautiful of a plate to be used for dinner!

      06/29/15

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