Removing the Backing Board From a Work of Art on Paper

Do you have a drawing, painting or print that has been adhered to matte board?  Over time, matte board and other backing boards can become acidic, and the adhesive used to marry the art and backing board together can begin to cross-link and embrittle.  The adhesives applied to the verso of the artwork will, in most instances, cause harm to your paper-based work of art.  Here, MoMA conservator Erika Mosier prepares a set of ink and pencil drawings by Adrian Piper for exhibition by separating the original drawings from their matte boards. An unusual adhesive prompts a closer look by MoMA conservation scientists. Take a closer look at Adrian Piper’s “The Barbie Doll Drawings”:

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