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To facilitate using the surprisingly sizable literature on the conservation of contemporary art, in our bookshop we present the basic manuals on the subject.

CAMEO is a searchable information center developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The MATERIALS database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.

To search both English and non-English (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, etc.) terms in the MATERIALS database, enter the full or partial term in the box below.

Available online: http://cameo.mfa.org/


CoOL (Conservation Online), an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals.

Available online: http://cool.conservation-us.org/

Author: Yvonne Shashoua

Title: Conservation of Plastics: Materials science, degradation and preservation

Publisher: Routledge, 2008

ISBN: 9780750664950

Language: English



Author: Tim Bechthold

Title: Future talks 009: the conservation of modern materials in applied arts and design: papers from the conference held at the Pinakothek Der Moderne Munich 22-23 October 2009

Publisher: Die Neue Sammlung, The International Design Museum, 2011

ISBN: 9783981375510

Language: English


Author: Paul Garside, Cordelia Rogerson

Title: The Future of the 20th Century: Collecting, Interpreting and Conserving Modern Materials

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2006

ISBN: 9781904982173

Language: English


Author: Anita Quye, Colin Williamson

Title: Plastics: Collecting and Conserving

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 1999

ISBN: 9781901663129

Language: English



Author: Friederike Waentig

Title: Plastics in art: a study from the conservation point of view

Publisher: Imhof, 2009

ISBN: 9783865684059

Language: English




Author: Louise Egan, Brenda Keneghan

Title: PLASTICS: Looking at the Future, Learning from the Past

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2009

ISBN: 9781904982432

Language: English




Author: Valeria Arrighi, J.M.G. Cowie

Title: Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, Third Edition

Publisher: CRC Press; 3 edycja, 2007

ISBN: 9780849398131

Language: English




Author: Joyce Townsend, Margot M. Wright

Title: Resins Ancient and Modern, 1995 Conference Proceedings - Aberdeen

Publisher: Scottish Society for Conservation & Restoration, 1995

ISBN: 095264150X

Language: English




Author: David W. Grattan

Title: Saving the twentieth century: the conservation of modern materials: proceedings of a conference Symposium '91: Saving the twentieth century, Ottawa, Canada, 15 to 20 September, 1991

Publisher: Canadian Conservation Institute, 1993

ISBN: 0660578549

Language: English



Author: Jerzy Ciabach

Title: Właściwości żywic sztucznych stosowanych w konserwacji zabytków.

Publisher: Wydawnictwo UMK, 2001

ISBN: 8323112886

Language: Polish

Author: Tina Fiske, Erma Hermens

Title: Art, Conservation and Authenticities: Material, Concept, Context

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2010

ISBN: 9781904982517

Language: English




Author: Hafthor Yngvason

Title: Conservation and Maintenance of Contemporary Public Art

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2002

ISBN: 9781873132784

Language: English



Author: Francine Couture, France Vanlaethem

Title: Conservation de l’art contemporain et de l’architecture moderne. L’authenticité en question.

Publisher: Éditions MultiMondes, 2010

ISBN: 9782895441366

Language: French


Author: Oscar Chiantore, Antonio Rava

Title: Conserving Contemporary Art: Issues, Methods, Materials, and Research

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 2013

ISBN: 9781606061046

Language: English




Author: Martha Buskirk

Title: The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art

Publisher: The MIT Press, 2005

ISBN: 9780262524421

Language: English


Author: Iwona Szmelter

Title: Innovative Approaches to the Complex Care of Contemporary Art

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2012

ISBN: 9781904982814

Language: English



Author: Tatja Scholte, Glenn Wharton

Title: Inside installations: Theory and Practice in the Care of Complex Artworks

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press, 2011

ISBN: 9789089642882

Language: English



Author: IJsbrand Hummelen, Dionne Sillé

Title: Modern Art: Who Cares?

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2006

ISBN: 1904982026

Language: English



Author: Miguel Corzo

Title: Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th-Century Art

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 1999

ISBN: 9780892365289

Language: English


Author: Collective work

Title: Regards sur: l'objet du XXe siècle

Publisher: Actes Sud, 2007

ISBN: 9782742768592

Language: French






Author: Ursula Schädler-Saub, Angela Weyer

Title: Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art: Reflections on the Roots and the Perspectives

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2010

ISBN: 9781904982548

Language: English



Author: Hiltrud Schinzel

Title: Touching vision: essays on restoration theory and the perception of art

Publisher: ASP-VUB University Press, 2004

ISBN: 9789054873525

Language: English

Author: Thomas J. S. Learner

Title: Analysis of Modern Paints

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 2005

ISBN: 9780892367795

Language: English


Author: Michel Marc Bouchard, Brian Considine, Katrina Posner, Julie Wolfe

Title: Conserving Outdoor Sculpture: The Stark Collection at the Getty Center

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 2010

ISBN: 9781606060100

Language: English




Author: Glenn Harper, Twylene Moyer

Title: Conversations on Sculpture

Publisher: University of Washington Press 2007

ISBN: 9780295987415

Language: English

Author: Jackie Heuman

Title: From Marble to Chocolate: the Conservation of Modern Sculpture

Publisher: Archetype Publications, 2001

ISBN: 1873132859

Language: English




Author: Jay W. Krueger, Thomas J. S. Learner, Michael R. Schilling, Patricia Smithen

Title: Modern paints uncovered: proceedings from the Modern Paints Uncovered symposium organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Tate, and the National Gallery of Art: Tate Modern, London, May 16-19, 2006

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 2007

ISBN: 9780892369065

Language: English


Author: John Pitman Weber

Title: Politics and Practice of Community: Public Art: Whose Murals Get Saved?

Paper presented at the Getty symposium "Mural Painting and Conservation in the Americas," Los Angeles, CA, May 16-17, 2003

Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute, 2003

Language: English

Free download: http://www.getty.edu/conservation/publications_resources/pdf_publications/weber.pdf


Author: Kinga Olesiejuk

Title: Znaczenie przemijania. Wybrane zagadnienia konserwacji dzieł sztuki współczesnej na przykładzie instalacji Ilji Kabakowa „Szkoła nr 6”

Publisher: Universitas, 2011

ISBN: 9788324212460

Language: Polish

Author: Collective work

Title: La conservation à l'ère du numérique. Actes des quatrièmes journées internationales d'études de l'ARSAG, Paris, 27-30 mai 2002

Publisher: Association pour la recherche scientifique sur les arts graphiques (ARSAG), 2002

Language: French, English

Summary: http://arsag.fr/pdf/ji02-sommaire.pdf

Resumes: http://arsag.fr/pdf/ji02-resumes.pdf


Author: Collective work

Title: The Digital Dilemma 2. Perspectives from Independent Filmmakers, Documentarians and Nonprofit Audiovisual Archives

Publisher: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2012

ISBN: 9780984015023

Language: English

Free download: http://www.oscars.org/science-technology/council/projects/digitaldilemma2/


Author: Sibylle Monod

Title: Environnement et conservation de l'écrit de l'image et du son. Actes des deuxièmes journées internationales d'études de l'ARSAG. Paris - 16 au 20 mai 1994

Publisher: Association pour la recherche scientifique sur les arts graphiques (ARSAG), 2002

Language: French, English

Summary: http://arsag.fr/pdf/ji94-sommaire.pdf

Resumes: http://arsag.fr/pdf/ji94-resumes.pdf


Author: Collective work

Title: The Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Publisher: National Film Preservation Foundation, 2004

ISBN: 0974709905

Language: English

Free download: http://www.filmpreservation.org/preservation-basics/the-film-preservation-guide



Author: Kevin Bradley

Title: Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects

Publisher: International Association of Sound Archives, 2009

ISBN: 9789197619233

Language: English

Available online: http://www.iasa-web.org/tc04/audio-preservation



Author: Mark-Paul Meyer, Paul Read

Title: Restoration of Motion Picture Film

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000

ISBN: 9780750627931

Language: English


Author: Jim Wheeler

Title: Videotape Preservation Handbook

Publisher: The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), 2002

Language: English

Free download: http://www.amianet.org/resources/guides/WheelerVideo.pdf

Title: The Canadian Conservation Institute Notes

Publisher: Canadian Conservation Institute

Language: English, French

Available online: issues 1988–2010:

http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/notes/index-eng.aspx (english version)

http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/notes/index-fra.aspx (french version)


Title: Conservation Bulletin

Publisher: Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England (English Heritage)

Language: English

Available online: issues 1 – 68 (years 1987 – 2012): http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/conservation-bulletin/




Title: ICOMOS Open Archive: Eprints on Cultural Heritage

Publisher: International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

Language: Multiple

Available online: http://openarchive.icomos.org/view/


Title: Journal of the American Institute for Conservation

Publisher: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Language: English

Available online: issues 16 – 44 (years 1977 – 2005): http://cool.conservation-us.org/jaic/tocvol.html



Title: Ochrona zabytków

Publisher: Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa (NID)

Language: Polish

Available online: issues 2003 – 2009: http://www.nid.pl/idm,378,pn,3.html





Language: English

Title: TATE Papers

Publisher: Tate

Available online: http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications

AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 121,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

Available online: http://aata.getty.edu/Home


Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network is the Web's most complete bibliographic resource for the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property.

Language: English, French

Available online: http://www.bcin.ca/

Project Bibliographies was created during the conservation and scientific research conducted by the Getty Conservation Institute. Currently, there are more than 6,500 items available.

Language: English

Available online: http://gcibibs.getty.edu/asp/