Originally posted by: Bratwurst
Originally posted by: Buyatari
Most pieces that I purchased from Greg came shrink wrapped. I'm split over removing the wrap. Part of me worries it might damage the art over time the other likes to keep it just as had them.
If that's original art and not just prints you will want to get them out of that plastic. Cellophane/shrinkwrap can be acid-free but there's no way of knowing for sure with this instance unless you had checked with Greg and asked. The fact there's very little air in between would worry me.
Typically when art is framed there's a gap between it and the glass/acrylic so nothing's actually touching it. You should contact archivists at a few art museums to get advice on storage, don't just take my suggestion as law.
That's good advice but in this case I don't think its a concern. I had a couple pieces from Greg wrapped the same way.
He had a bunch of artwork that got destroyed in the 90s (including, sadly, bonk's adventure) and his reaction to that was to shrinkwrap everything as a moisture barrier.
Wish I could remember the name of the plastic he used but it was something he did consider carefully and the couple I opened the wrap on still had crystal clear wrap, 25 years later, with zero acid burn to anything. Underneath the plastic the art looked as fresh as the day it was made.
I understand Adam's concern though; the art just doesn't look as nice in the plastic, but it was effective and the surface being as ultra-delicate as it is, you wouldn't feel great about having it unprotected. I chose to replicate what I'd seen greg (and other artists for that matter) do on other pieces.
Step 1, plastic off.
Step 2, buy glassine paper
Step 3 cut to size and affix to back, now you have a light protection for the surface from dust and whatnot that won't cause any problems to the surface
Step 4 buy heavy black drawing paper
Step 5 cut to size and affix to back over top of the glassine paper, and now you have protection from light, scratches, etc
I know you probably know all of that Adam, but I thought you might find the product codes handy, as it took me a bit of figuring to get it right.
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