"Conserving Outdoor Sculptures - The Stark Collection at the Getty Center" by Brian Considine

Conserving Outdoor Sculptures - The Stark Collection at the Getty Center Brian Considine, Julie Wolfe, Katrina Posner, Michel Bouchard

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
19 Aug 2010
Getty Publications
288 pages: 265 x 190 x 18mm
132 colour & 81 b&w illustrations


This is a comprehensive and superbly illustrated account of the Getty Museum's research into outdoor sculpture conservation. When the J. Paul Getty Museum received twenty-eight sculptures created by a who's who of twentieth-century artists, it took on the responsibility for their preservation, interpretation, and long-term stewardship. Donated from the private collection of the late film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran, the sculptures thrust the Getty into the evolving field of outdoor sculpture conservation. To honour its responsibility, the Museum embarked on new research into the collection's materials - bronze, lead, ceramic, and painted metal - and construction techniques. This book presents the conservators' comprehensive account of the process. Chapters are organized around phases of the project rather than individual sculptures and address key issues facing anyone charged with caring for works of art displayed outdoors, including: organization and planning; installation and grounds management; scientific analyses; collaborating with artists; structural issues; mounts, paint, coatings, and patinas; and, long-term maintenance.

Brian Considine is head of the Department of Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation and the J. Paul Getty Museum.