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.