How to preserve art ephemera – resource alert

EPHEMERA COLLECTING ART

Art ephemera can be valuable, not only as research material that can tell a story which adds to the value of related artwork, but also as collectibles in their own right. Below we link to a short article that offers some tips on how to preserve these essential objects.

'Castelli Handshake Poster', signed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was won for USD1,179 at artnet's Artist Ephemera auction, held on 24 August 2011.

'Castelli Handshake Poster', signed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was won for USD1,179 at artnet's Artist Ephemera auction, held on 24 August 2011.

Because ephemera is usually written or printed and, at the time of its production, is only expected to stick around for a short period of time, owners of these types of collectibles need to pay extra attention to to the methods by which they preserve them.

A post published on Archival Methods News earlier in 2011 lists four storage options – HD poly envelopes, crystal clear bags, polyethylene bags and expansion folders – and explains how they can be used and with what objects and materials.

Click here to read the original article, titled “Protecting ephemera with archival materials”, on Archival Methods News.

Exhibition catalogues and clippings from newspapers and art magazines can be stored in HD poly envelopes or crystal clear bags with associated ticket stubs, film negatives, prints, drawings, flyers or price lists. If you have ephemera that you wish to view easily or often, polyethylene bags, with their transparent, sealable enclosures, are useful. Need a controlled environment for an object, perhaps a map, pamphlet or notebook? Try storing it in an expansion folder.

In May 2011, we looked at how to conserve new media art, another art form that poses collection challenges. Click here to read the full article, titled “How to exhibit, collect and preserve new media art – resource alert”.

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