"Keith Haring in Pisa and Melbourne: Controversy and conservation"

Comparing two conservation events by the same artist half a world away ( one in Pisa, Italy and the other in Melbourne, Australia) was always going to be interesting. In this case it was treatment of two of the 18 surviving murals of the American artist Keith Haring. In both instances the treatment was controversial, essentially over whether the extent of repainting could be seen as conservation, ie was the treatment creating a mural ‘after Keith Haring’ and destroying the original? Different voices from three presenters gave a good range of views along with some great video clips of interested parties in Melbourne denouncing conservators for not having a clue what they were doing. More on this story can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/keith-haring-uncovered including some amazing footage of Haring at work. He created the Melbourne mural in a day without any prior sketches or lay out drawings.

Post by: Julian Bickersteth