Should collage artists worry about papers fading over time? This question was prompted by a hugely informative post by artist/teacher Nancy Nikkal about the recent Robert Motherwell exhibition at MOMA — which I blogged about in “How Robert Motherwell Lost His Dada Cred.”
So…did Motherwell coat his papers on both sides with PVA? I don’t think they even had PVA in 1946. But should I be using it now?
Not being an art school grad, I have wondered about this issue. Some collage instruction books tell you it’s essential to protect your papers unchanged for eternity. Was I being too lackadaisical about this? Continue reading