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Subject: Call for papers--Deterioration of artists' paints

Call for papers--Deterioration of artists' paints

From: Alan Phenix <alnphenix>
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Call for contributions for a joint meeting of ICOM Committee for
Conservation, Working Groups Paintings 1 and Paintings 2 and the
Paintings Section, United Kingdom Institute for Conservation

Deterioration of Artists' Paints: effects and analysis
September 2001
Exact date and location to be announced in due course.

Paint is the preferred medium of expression of some of the most
creative minds of humanity.  A thorough understanding of the
optical, physical chemical and nature of artists' paint is an
essential foundation for the technical study of paintings and for
their conservation.  In recent decades much attention has been given
to the identification of pigments and of organic paint binder
constituents.  However, within the field of the technical study of
paintings, only recently has paint come to be properly regarded as a
complex, interactive, mixture of these components.  The condition of
paint is strongly influenced by the nature of pigment/binder
interactions.  This is the subject which the meeting would seek to
address: to present current perspectives on the deterioration of
artists' paints, and to examine the implications for the
identification of artists' materials, for the condition of works of
art, for their interpretation and for their care and conservation.
It is hoped that the meeting will provide a forum for the
presentation and interpretation of recent advances in the analysis
of paint components, both organic and inorganic.   The subject
matter should be relevant to conservation scientists, conservators
and technical art historians.

Particular themes of interest for potential contributions to

    *   studies of mechanisms of paint ageing/deterioration,
        especially oil, oleo-resinous and proteinaceous binders,

    *   the influence of metal ions, pigments and other components
        on paint properties and deterioration; studies of
        pigment/binder interactions,

    *   the influence of external factors (eg. environment,
        conservation treatments) on paint condition and on binding
        medium identification,

    *   case studies or other investigations of pigment-specific or
        unusual forms of paint deterioration,

    *   investigations of the significance of chemical
        alteration/deterioration on the visual and physical
        properties of paint,

    *   the significance of paint deterioration for preventive
        conservation and remedial conservation treatments,

    *   recent advances in the identification of paint binders.

    *   considerations of the impact of paint deterioration on the
        interpretation and aesthetics of paintings.

A one-day meeting is envisaged, with presentations of approximately
one half hour each.

Persons interested in presenting a contribution to the meeting
should submit an abstract of 750-1000 words by 31 January, 2001.

Abstracts and presentations may be in English or French.  Abstracts
should be sent to either of the ICOM-CC Working Group Co-ordinators:

    Anne Rinuy
    Co-ordinator: WG Paintings 2
    18 rue Francois Grast
    CH-1208 Geneve
    Fax: +41 22 736 42 61
    anne.rinuy [at] mah__ville-ge__ch

    Alan Phenix
    Co-ordinator: WG Paintings 1
    4 Colehills Close
    Saffron Walden
    Essex   CB11 4QY
    United Kingdom
    +44 1799 550 375
    alnphenix [at] aol__com

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:26
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Received on Wednesday, 25 October, 2000

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