Subject: Ad Reinhardt's "Black Painting, 1960-66"
The following is posted on behalf of Sjors Koevoets, Dutch journalist: I am a journalist for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. I'm looking for the conservation history [before its 2000 donation to the museum] of a particular painting. It's called Black Painting 1960-1966. It's now owned by the Guggenheim Museum. See: <URL:http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/conservation/conservation-projects/axa-reinhardt> The information I have from AXA is: In the 1990' AXA paid a claim for Black Painting 1960-66. The fragile surface of the painting had been marred by scratches, abrasions, and even one stain during transit to an exhibition. The damages were treated by conservators, but the end result was considered unsuccessful. The painting was deemed a total loss. AXA Art paid the owner the agreed-upon value of the painting and put it into storage. From the Guggenheim: When Reinhardt' Black Painting, 1960-66 entered the study collection of the Guggenheim Museum, there were scant records of the painting's exhibition and conservation history, though cursory reports suggested that at least three restorations had been undertaken since the painting entered a private collection prior to 1983. Does anybody know: When and where this painting was exhibited (and damaged)? Who was the private collector? How, when and by who the damages were treated? Where can I find the reports? My deadline is next Wednesday or Thursday, Nov 6-7, 2013 Sjors Koevoets sjors.koevoets<-at->volkskrant<.>nl Arts department De Volkskrant +31 205622592 Mobile: +31 612261396 *** Conservation DistList Instance 27:20 Distributed: Friday, November 1, 2013 Message Id: cdl-27-20-004 ***Received on Friday, 1 November, 2013