Helen Frankenthaler Gum Painting Cleaned
Oh, what a relief! I wasnt sleeping properly at night.. worrying about how the Helen Frankenthaler painting with a piece of gum
stuck to it by a 12 year old boy would hold up after having the gum removed.
Ok, enough sarcasm.
The Helen Frankenthaler abstract painting titled "The Bay" has had the piece of gum removed successfully. Alfred Ackerman rated the job a 6 out of 10 for difficulty, and was happy to report that all is now well with the 7 foot high painting.
Boy's gum is plucked from valuable art
"After intensive research, experimentation and surgical work with high-performance tweezers, hand-rolled Q-tips and a fast-evaporating solvent -- plus some purposeful fooling around with gum -- the quarter-sized residue on Helen Frankenthaler's 'The Bay' is gone."
Ackerman also said "It's possible we'll need to tweak it a bit when it gets under the light in the gallery, but I'm happy." Detroit Free Press
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