Friday, May 03, 2013

The good oil

It’s Saturday afternoon, it’s a nice day in Philadelphia, why not get out of the conservation lab at the Museum of Art and onto the Ellsworth Kelly? Time to give it one of its three-monthly coatings of oil to prevent ongoing rusting. They do it with diluted linseed oil apparently and it's something “that Kelly likes done.” This all made sense until we read the label. It described the work as being constructed from “weathering steel”. Not any more.