About the Class
The abstract expressionists invented new ways of painting by dripping and scattering paint onto huge canvases, which were often laid unstretched on the studio floor. These artists also experimented with unconventional materials like house paint and unprimed canvas. While such innovations created exciting new visual effects, they pose challenges for contemporary conservators tasked with treating and preserving these works. Join Barbara Buckley, senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings at the Barnes Foundation, and expert guest lecturers from institutions around the country as they explore the technical aspects of caring for these complicated works of art.
Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Willem de Kooning. Woman as Landscape, 1954–55. Private collection. Artwork © 2021 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Senior director of conservation and chief conservator of paintings at the Barnes, Buckley has published frequently on the techniques of artists, including the work of Joshua Reynolds, Horace Pippin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri Matisse.