Conservation, Restoration, and Preservation
of Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern Art Conservation (MAC), a leading professional studio located in Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district, offers a specialized combination of craftsmanship, scientific and technical skills, understanding of the art market, and collection care services. The studio focuses on treatment, technical research, educating future conservators, collaborating with living artists, and developing new conservation techniques. The conservators’ specialties range from traditional modern easel paintings to artworks comprised of unusual contemporary materials.
The studio occupies a full floor of approximately 7000 sq. feet and was designed specifically for MAC. The space is outfitted with art and materials storage, private viewing area, photo studio, and bright open areas for treatment. The 18’ freight elevator can accommodate oversized paintings and heavy sculptures. The studio is climate-controlled with dedicated central air/heat and humidification, has central station alarm and surveillance security, and includes a secure lockable storage area for works undergoing treatment. Staying aligned with museum labs, we maintain the latest conservation equipment necessary for treatment and examination. Our flexible and multifunctional space can be adapted to a variety of projects. With an abundance of natural light, the studio is the ideal environment for the examination and treatment of artworks.
Examination and condition reports for exhibition, loan, and purchase
Treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and objects both in-studio and on-site
Preventive care to ensure an artwork’s continued stability
Technical studies and research
Disaster and emergency response
Insurance condition evaluations and damage reports
Collection surveys and maintenance
Storage and handling assessments and recommendations
Artist consultations and collaborations
Training and lectures on conservation issues
Courier for works in transit
Condition Reports: Auctions, Art Fairs, and Private Sales
MAC’s condition reports provide objective observations and opinions regarding the state of health of an artwork. Our expert and concise condition reports are a key component of a transaction for both the buyer and seller, and can lead to expeditious sales.
MAC’s team will examine works at auction prior to and during the sale seasons, at art fairs, and for private sales. We provide written condition reports or, in the interest of time, verbal condition assessments. We also can provide expert advice on installation, packing, and collections care.
Works can be examined in art warehouses, residences, or in our studio. MAC also has an extensive network of highly trained colleagues who can carry out examinations in locations throughout the US and abroad with the final report generated by MAC.
PROCESS and FEES
Each artwork is carefully examined in the studio or on-site. A written condition report is prepared and, if treatment is deemed warranted, a treatment proposal is submitted. If treatment is to be undertaken, the process begins with research and testing to more accurately assess condition and devise a safe and appropriate course of treatment. Each step is documented in writing and digital images are taken at key stages of the treatment. A final detailed report is provided to the client. Images and After Treatment Condition Reports are provided upon request.
Broad, non-binding estimates may sometimes be possible from images but a precise estimate can only be provided after the work is examined by a conservator. Send inquiries to email@example.com.
Estimates are based on time, location (in-studio or onsite), exhibition/auction/travel deadlines, and level of expertise required for each project. New clients are asked to provide credit card information to keep on file.
We are committed to highly personalized, discreet client relationships and to ensuring the most informed collecting and maintenance of modern and contemporary art. Our clientele include major private and corporate collections, museums, galleries, private dealers, auction houses, art advisors, insurance companies, appraisal firms, foundations, trusts, and artists. Projects range from an individual artwork to large collections and exhibitions.
By working with Modern Art Conservation, a gallery or private dealer can provide potential buyers with expert information about the condition of an artwork and collectors can enter into a purchase aware of what maintaining a particular work of art entails. Examination can be carried out on-site at a gallery or collector’s home or in our studio in Chelsea. Our conservators are available before and during art fairs and auctions to provide technical information and objective condition assessments.