A piece in The Economist looks at recent technologies in art appraisal and conservation, and questions how these developments may challenge the authority and stability of work in the field. “In the pursuit of knowledge about works of art, the language of science and that of the humanities both have to be spoken,” claims Robert van Langh, the Rijksmuseum’s head of conservation.
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* David Roberts is a property tycoon from Greenock, near Glasgow, who has about 2,000 pieces by 400 artists, and is opening a large space in Camden, soon. Currently operating out of 111 Great Tichfield Street, Roberts supported artist Doug Foster to make a three-dimensional video piece called “Breather” and then agreed to buy two sister pieces for it before production, covering the costs. He recently bought painter Greg Rook’s entire show, and a room installation by Tracey Snelling.
* Via the Financial Times