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Masterpiece London is delighted to host a morning of debate and discussion co-organised by the Fair and Dr. Thomas Marks, editor of Apollo, to bring together the pre-eminent museum curators of tomorrow with the emerging stars of the art and antiques trade, with the aim of encouraging constructive discussion, networking and the exchange of knowledge and practical advice.
Anyone who works with art – displaying, interpreting, conserving it, handling it, buying and selling it – is alert to the material properties of objects: to texture, weight, scale, to fragility, to vulnerability, to condition. At a time when so much of our world is represented and understood through flattened digital images, however, how can experts better convey the significance of such qualities to wider audiences?
How might specialists advocate for material values and virtues – and the artistry that amplified them – when many materials may now seem obscure or rarified to a wider public, and in some cases (not least with historical objects that contain ivory) legally restricted or prohibited? What do museum professionals and the art trade share that might help to explain artworks by drawing attention to their fabric and condition?