One of my 5 jobs is freelance work for an art dealer. I do framing and matting and stuff. Today, I was delivered a print that needs to be sent to a paper conservator for restoration before it can be framed. I took one look at the print and spoke the following sentence: “What the hell?! I wouldn’t do this to a shitty poster let alone a Picasso!”
Yes friends, sometime between 1967 and when our client purchased it, a (presumably) human being ROLLED UP a Picasso multiple, which was subsequently flattened, resulting in the atrocity pictured above . I showed the other Labbers on the back channel what Satan brought into the studio today and there were many and various reactions. Mostly cursing, gnashing of teeth and such. Maki and Victor tore at their beards. Ryan shot a flaming arrow into the sky in an attempt to smite the gods themselves. Katie and Katy switched names because they just don’t care anymore. Not after this.
Before I go and stab my eyes out in a fit, here is my advice to you, gentle reader. If you hold something dear, take care of it. If that thing happens to be an artwork on paper, sandwich it between some cardboard and carefully tape it closed. If it’s expensive, wrap it in glassine first. If it’s really expensive, have it framed immediately. Even you aren’t going to hang it up, just… please get it framed. It’s true that a good conservator can fix a lot of ills that can be wrought on an artwork. But their services are not cheap and they work a dark magic that should not be meddled with lightly.
And last, common sense should be the rule. As Katy/Katie said on the back channel “Make sure you don’t plop your purse or lunchbag on a stack of limited edition prints”. Exactly Katie/Katy. Exactly.
Featured image: Guernica (detail) by Pablo Picasso