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Thursday, May 30 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
(Paintings + Research and Technical Studies) Traditional Artist Materials in Early Paintings by Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol, an important figure in the pop art movement, was at the leading edge of the newest and most forward directed artistic expression of his time. Recent scientific examinations of several of Warhol’s paintings from the 1960s, including A Boy for Meg (1962), demonstrate that his materials were not necessarily as modern as the style and substance of his works. Although Warhol’s work throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s pushed increasingly towards removing the artist’s hand from the work and frequently employed silk-screen techniques to achieve this, in the pivotal year of 1962 he obviously preferred brush painting using traditional media for his first large scale paintings on canvas. Binding medium analysis using gas chromatography – mass spectrometry has shown that the presence of egg proteins mixed with drying oils as the primary painting medium and not the casein that has been commonly associated with these important transitional paintings. Commercial egg tempera paints were readily available in tubes, and he would have been conversant with these matte, fast drying paints from his decade long career as a commercial illustrator. By the following year, he does move to screen printing with acrylic paints and inks. This talk will cover technical and scientific analyses of paintings from the National Gallery of Art, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Warhol Foundation, Pittsburgh, and will discuss the extent and implications of these findings in better understanding Warhol’s early methods and materials.

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Jay Krueger

Conservator, National Gallery of Art
Jay Krueger was appointed senior conservator of modern paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 1992, and has served as head of painting conservation since 2013. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and has served on governing boards and advisory... Read More →

Christopher A. Maines

Conservation Scientist, National Gallery of Art

Thursday May 30, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
JW Marriott White River Ballroom F 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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