Whether you’re an artist or a collector of gallery-quality pieces, the condition of the artworks you choose to display can create a bit of ambivalence. Not only must such works be properly insured, but there is also an ‘art’ to proper care, display methodology and cleaning efforts. Utilize these five tips to ensure your fine art brings you years of prosperous enjoyment.
1. Professional Framing
Fine art should typically be framed by an experienced professional who can assist owners in selecting the perfect complementary style to showcase and protect the piece. Subpar framing can result in warping of the stretcher bars and the canvas itself.
2. Discourage Touching
Body oils and other reactants found on human skin are known to compromise the integrity of artworks created with common mediums such as oil, charcoals, and water-based paints. Avoid touching the art by hanging it out of reach where incidental touching could occur.
3. Avoid Displaying Art in ‘Extreme’ Environments
Art can be fragile, particularly as it ages. This is why experts recommend keeping art displayed in spaces free of direct sunlight and areas that experience dramatic temperature changes or with high levels of humidity. You might consider investing in humidification equipment in rooms where pieces are exhibited.
4. Properly Cleaning Art
Paintings of high value should always be taken to a professional for routine cleanings, but for day to day presentation, a light dusting with a soft cloth or a dry artist brush with natural hairs is often ideal. Never spray any cleaners directly onto paintings or glass frames to avoid permanent damage. Avoid using glass cleaners or ammonia when cleaning acrylic artworks to prevent clouding the paint.
5. Moving? Professionally Pack Artwork
Don’t entrust the task of packing up and moving valuable pieces to standard movers. Rather, employ a company with the experience and proper materials to safely secure and transport these valuables, and don’t forget to invest in extra insurance.
Enjoy Art for a Lifetime
With proper care to prevent damage and any degradation of fine artworks can ensure that they are around for generations to come. Should pieces require special care, contact an art restoration or conservation professional.