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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Preparing Woo Chong Yung for Display

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

2/8/2024

paper conservation, Woo Chong Yung, C.Y. Woo, Wu Zhongxiong, Asian Art, Asian painting conservation

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming exhibition From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (1898-1989). In fact, we have been developing the show for more than four years.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Treatment of Cincinnati’s Galt House

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

1/11/2024

paper conservation, Galt House Cincinnati, Emil Klauprecht, historic Cincinnati, lithograph, CAMConservation

In my post of November 30, I promised to explain what it took to improve the appearance and the mechanical condition of Emil Klauprecht’s 1830s lithograph, Galt House.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Traveling for the Holidays?

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

11/30/2023

Galt House Cincinnati, Emil Klauprecht, CAMConservation, works on paper, paper conservation

At first glance it is obvious the print has had a rough life.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: View of the Museum on the Hill

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

9/28/2023

CAMConservation, Cincinnati Art Museum, collodion photograph, paperweight, archives

An interesting artifact has entered the museum Archives, courtesy of Archivist/Records Manager Geoff Edwards. This glass paperweight holds a small photograph of the museum and the Cincinnati Art Academy (now located downtown).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Reflection by Raphael Soyer

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

8/31/2023

Raphael Soyer, prints, paper conservation, CAMConservation

In 2019 and 2020 the museum received three prints by American artist Raphael Soyer (1899–1987), the first of his prints to enter the museum’s collection.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mounting Many Mini Prints

by Kay Horak, Paper Conservation Intern

8/3/2023

CAMConservation, paper conservation, cam intern, Léonard Gaultier

Over a couple of weeks, I examined, cleaned, and rehoused a series of sixteenth-century prints by Léonard Gaultier (circa 1561–circa 1630).

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Taking Care of Japanese Prints

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

6/30/2023

CAMConservation, Toyohara Kunichika, ukiyo-e prints, kabuki actor prints, paper conservation

In 2005 the museum received a gift of Japanese art that includes ceramics, paintings, and prints. Now that our Curator of Prints Kristin Spangenberg has finished researching the 35 prints in this gift, I am reviewing their needs before moving them to their permanent storage locations.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Unfurling the Cincinnati Map

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

6/1/2023

CAMConservation, paper conservation, Courttney Cooper, mounting with magnets, Visionaries and Voices

This week, the museum installed a twenty-first century take on the monumental “roll-up” map.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Cincinnati 1954

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

4/6/2023

CAMConservation, Laurence Sisson, paper conservation, Cincinnati Scenes

A recent bequest of 20th-century American prints and paintings includes this view of Cincinnati by Laurence Sisson (1928–2015). Painted in watercolor with pen and black ink, the scene captures downtown buildings overlooking the Ohio River as Sisson saw them in 1954.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: John Ruthven’s Flying Quail

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

3/9/2023

CAMConservation, John Ruthven, paper conservation

Paper conservation often involves undoing repairs by others who don’t have the knowledge or materials needed to best preserve the art. I recently examined a drawing by Cincinnati artist John Ruthven (1924 – 2020) with a long tear that had been mended with pressure sensitive tape, often referred to as “Scotch tape.”

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Sinner’s Journey

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

2/9/2023

Illustration of Hell, Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds, paper conservation, Hand scroll display, CAMConservation

A larger portion of the painting is currently on view in New York until May 7, after which the scroll will travel to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and be on exhibit June 16–September 18, 2023.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Protecting a Nearly 100-year-old Japanese Print

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper

1/11/2023

paper conservation, yoshida hiroshi, color woodcut, CAMConservation

See these and other woodcut prints (including Himeji Castle in the Morning, a variation of the print seen here) by seven members of the talented Yoshida family spanning most of the twentieth century until April 9, 2023.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Book of Thel

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8/11/2022

William Blake, The Book of Thel, J.R.R. Tolkien, paper conservation, Haggerty Museum of Art, CAMConservation

The lesser-known book, The Book of Thel, is now featured in an exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Emperor Maximilian I

by Conservation

6/15/2022

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When private owners generously allow the museum to display their pieces, the conservators sometimes need to put a little effort into stabilizing them before they go into the gallery. This was the case with a monumental woodcut print by Albrecht Dürer that will soon be seen in the Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban exhibit.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Glue Be Gone

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5/19/2022

paper conservation, works on paper, James Stephanoff, King George IV coronation

Our paper conservator’s challenge is to remove enough yellow discoloration from the paper so that it is closer to its original color and more closely matches the other prints in the group.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mexican Girl by Jose Ignacio Aquirre

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4/21/2022

paper conservation, Mexican prints, Jose Ignacio Aguirre

Mexican Printmakers 1920s to 1950s is on display until August 14, where you can see this print and learn about Aguirre and his fellow artists.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Once upon a time…

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3/24/2022

Joseph Urban, Heinrich Lefler, Brothers Grimm, works on paper, paper conservation, Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom

A group of illustrations of Brothers Grimm fairy tales were prepared for matting.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Blast Off!

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3/17/2022

CAMConservation, conservation, textile conservation, textiles, 1960s Fashion, poster dresses, paper dresses

The Fashion and Textile Collection has a new gift! And it’s part of a set!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Two Squirrels on a Pine Branch

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10/28/2021

Wu Zhongxiong, Asian painting conservation, Asian painting, paper, paper conservation

Shown here is a painting by Wu Zhongxiong that was selected by the Curator of Asian art to include in our next grant application.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Busy Hands in Paper Conservation

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9/30/2021

CAMConservation, paper conservation, Robert Frederick Blum

The print is now on its way to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. with three other Cincinnati Art Museum pieces for exhibit in Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Meet Dr. Johnson

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6/10/2021

William Doughty, Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, paper conservation, mezzotint

Early this year the museum was given this portrait of the 17th century English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: East Asian Artworks

by Conservation

5/13/2021

Asian painting, paper conservation

Our paper conservator and our curator of East Asian art have been examining paintings from storage so we can add information to the curatorial and conservation files.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1011 Jerome Street, Cincinnati by Thom Shaw

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4/15/2021

Thom Shaw, Phillip O. Smith, paper conservation

This print came to the paper lab because the original framing method had encouraged distortions to form across the top of the paper.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Procession Returns

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1/21/2021

Order of Cincinnatus, Eleventh Cincinnati Exposition, Panorama print, behind the scenes, conservation, paper conservation

Last week our paper conservator visited the Contemporary Arts Center downtown to deinstall the museum’s Panorama of the Procession.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Étienne Hajdú Transformation

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9/10/2020

paper conservation, embossed print, imprint on paper, Étienne Hajdú, conservation

An amazing transformation took place this summer in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A look at Duchamp’s The Coffee Mill

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8/6/2020

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In celebration of his 133rd birthday, let’s take a closer look at Duchamp’s intaglio print of a cubist-style coffee grinder currently undergoing conservation in the Paper Lab.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Long Title for a Long Print

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7/9/2020

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This year the Cincinnati Art Museum is again supporting the Contemporary Arts Center by lending a book to their newly opened exhibit, “Tania Candiani: Sounding Labor, Silent Bodies”.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

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6/18/2020

Conservation, behind the scenes, Kita Kizuki, Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Japanese painting, paper conservation, japanese scroll

Staff members have been very active in the museum galleries for the past month. One of the cases that was due for its regular rotation is the hanging scroll case in Gallery 138.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Time Well Spent

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5/14/2020

paper conservation, stained print, stained paper, Paul Albert Besnard

Our paper conservator has not been in the lab since March, but she is still working on the collection.