We are pleased to announce we are now accepting book conservation projects!
As a full-service paper conservation studio, we are always looking for ways to expand the services we offer while maintaining the attention to detail you expect. To meet this goal, Pamela Goeke, our newest conservator, has joined our team to head book conservation projects.
Pamela is a trained visual artist with a B.F.A. from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She comes to Alvarez after two years with Conrest GmbH: Book, Paper, and Graphic Restoration in Munich, Germany where she assisted the head conservator with book conservation projects. Her experience ranges from 15th to 20th century books and manuscripts, as well as paper objects.
If you would like to talk to us about a potential project, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at this great video of the opening gala at the Grand Palais celebrating early 20th century design at Cartier. Alvarez conservation projects are featured throughout.
Today’s article “Storm Leaves Residue of Questions” in the Arts section of the New York Times featured a Mary Cassatt etching damaged during hurricane Sandy and conserved by Alvarez in late 2012. Visit the NY Times to read the entire story.
Antonio Alvarez was recently interviewed for art advisor Leslie Rankow’s art industry blog. Here’s an excerpt:
WHAT ARE THE MOST FREQUENT CONDITION ISSUES THAT YOU SEE WHEN EXAMINING A WORK ON PAPER?
Over-hinging and discoloration acquired from prolonged contact with acidic material cause most condition issues we encounter. Creasing, tears and losses from poor handling, tape and abrasions from improper framing, foxing, water and mold stains from storage and bad in-painting are also quite often found during examination. I really enjoying seeing new things and finding new solutions to unusual problems. For example, we were recently contacted by a woman who had the misfortune of dropping a very expensive framed print shattering the glass when it hit the floor. As she was picking up the shards of glass, she cut her hand and bled all over the artwork. We were able to help her and the story had a happy ending, but it was certainly the oddity of the situation that made it a fun project.