Date(s) - 19/09/2003
Tate Britain, London.
Alternatives to Lining: The structural treatment of paintings on canvas without lining
19th September 2003
Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London
A joint conference organised by the BAPCR and UKIC Paintings Section
Since Gerry Hedley explored the effects of heat and moisture that allow the elastic memory of deformation in paint to be overcome, lining has ceased to be the main solution to the repair of torn or deformed canvas paintings. This conference explored some of the alternatives to lining paintings, especially where tears are the problem.
The Changing Attitudes to Lining
Stephen Hackney, Keynote Speaker
Paul Ackroyd, Alan Phenix, Caroline Villers
A survey carried out in 2001 showed, amongst the trend towards minimalism, a shift away from impregnation of canvas and emphasis on preserving aesthetic and historic aspects of paintings. This paper will examine the notion of minimal intervention and the conflicts that can arise when trying to satisfy aims such as the long-term structural stability of canvas paintings.
The Limitations and Possibilities of Strip Lining
Now a well-established alternative to lining, strip lining was met with scepticism initially. To do it well involves considerable skill and care. Experience shows that there are pitfalls to negotiate as well as possibilities to exploit.
Restoration of Barnett Newman ‘s Cathedra
After Cathedra was slashed by a visitor to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the conservators responded with an in-depth study of the painting and research into methods of mending multiple, complex tears in a large colour field canvas with spectacular results.
Research into New Support Materials
Jim Dimond, Christina Young
Successful linings maintain a flat plane despite the presence of a tear or cupping yet in doing so, introduce a noticeable rigidity. New research explores practical ways to keep tears and cupping in a flat plane while maintaining the quality of a fabric-like response.
The Third Dimension of a Canvas Painting
Professor Winfried Heiber
New techniques in joining tears resemble micro-surgery, aiming to restore the continuity of the fabric as completely as possible.
A Review of The Effectiveness of The De-Acidification of Linen, Cotton and Flax Canvas After 17 Years of Natural Ageing
Adriana Rizzo, Aviva Burnstock
De-acidification with pHizz and magnesium hydrogen carbonate is re-assessed in a sequel to the first study on the de-acidification of canvas in 1986.
Stress In The Canvas System
Study of biaxial strain in fabric/paint systems helps to develop our understanding of torn paintings, and offers the potential to evolve more lasting repair
10 am Registration with tea and coffee
10.45 Welcome and keynote address
11.00 – 12.45 Morning lectures
12.45 – 2.00 Lunch (not included) Trade Fair & Posters
2.00 – 3.00 Afternoon lectures
3.00 – 3.30 Tea & Trade Fair
3.30 – 5.00 Lectures and questions