The Immortality of Contemporary Art, Original Artwork or Original Intentions? By L. S.
The multi media that Contemporary Artists use to express their ideas challenge established conservation principles. The material used to manifest the original concept is often unstable and the physical piece has a short shelf life or ‘see by date’. The Artist intended permanence of the idea. The purchaser has assumed long term investment of an object. The conservator must claim membership of the Artists ‘studio support team’. A new paradigm is required to define the modus operandi of the conservator.