ASECS Graduate Student Paper Award

Posted in graduate students by Editor on December 8, 2010

ASECS Graduate Student Research Paper Award for 2010
Submissions due by 1 January 2011

Highlighting pioneering research contributions of the next generation of scholars of eighteenth-century studies, this $200 award will recognize an outstanding research essay of 15-30 pages, which has not been previously published. Four (4) copies of the submission as well as a letter of endorsement from a mentoring professor, which outlines the originality and contributions that the essay makes to the field of eighteenth-century studies should be sent to: Byron R. Wells, Executive Director, ASECS, PO Box 7867, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2011 and the announcement of the winner will be made at the annual meeting.

We would also like to remind faculty members to encourage applications from their most gifted students for both the Graduate Student Research Paper Award and the Graduate Student Annual Conference Paper Award.

Exhibition: Secret Life of Drawings at The Getty

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on December 8, 2010

Of the thirty drawings included in the exhibition, six come from the eighteenth century. The show also addresses eighteenth-century restoration techniques. Press release from The Getty:

The Secret Life of Drawings
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 23 November 2010 — 13 February 2011

Curated by Stephanie Schrader with Nancy Yocco

Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, "Portrait of Louis de Silvestre," black and white chalk, blue and rose pastel on faded blue paper, ca. 1753 (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum)

Works on paper are inherently more fragile—in terms of sensitivity to light and handling—than mediums such as canvas, panel, bronze, or clay, and often show the passage of time more acutely than their counterparts. Frequent handling by artists in their workshops and later by collectors, combined with poor storage and display conditions, often leads to distracting damage. As a result of their fragility, drawings in the Getty Museum’s collection spend much of their life inside solander boxes in climate-controlled storage areas, where they’re protected from light, mold, insects, and other threats to their preservation; and, the fascinating “secrets”—of how they were made and displayed, damages they sustained, and treatments they were given—often go untold.

The Secret Life of Drawings brings together 30 drawings from the Getty’s stellar collection to explore the role played by paper conservators in reducing the effects of handling and the passage of time with treatments such as filling losses, reducing stains and mold, repairing tears, and treating white highlights that have turned black. The exhibition also reveals the secrets conservators discover, such as unknown drawings
hidden beneath mounts or watermarks that help authenticate the date of
the paper. (more…)

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