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Book Review: Migrants: Art, Artists, Materials and Ideas Crossing Borders

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Reviewed by Joan Francis

Migrants: Art, Artists, Materials and Ideas Crossing Borders
Edited by Lucy Wrapson, Victoria Sutcliffe, Sally Woodcock and Spike Bucklow
Archetype Books: London, 2020
Paperback / 230 pages / 128 illustrations / £45.00

Book Review: Greener Solvents In Conservation

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"Greener Solvents in Conservation: An Introductory Guide"
Edited by Gwendoline R Fife
Archetype Books (2022)
Paperback / 88 pages / $40 (USD)
ISBN: 9781909492844

Review by Bianca Gonçalves

"Green does not mean new". Did you know you may already have a greener solution in your cupboard? SiC's Greener Solvents handbook provides step-by-step instructions for adopting greener solvents in your practice, and it's easier than you might imagine.

Book Review: Unraveling the Art of Tapestry

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Review by Katja Diaz-Granados

Anatomy of a Tapestry: Techniques, Materials, Care
By Jean Pierre Larochette & Yadin Larochette, illustrations by Yael Lurie
Pennsylvania, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2020
160 pages / 190 images and drawings / $45.00 / Hardcover spiral
ISBN: 9780764359330

Book Review: Provenance Research Today

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Reviewed by Riza Hussaini

Provenance Research Today: Principles, Practice, Problems
Edited by Arthur Tompkins
Lund Humphries, London (December 2020)
Paperback / 224 Pages / $49.99 USD / £29.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781848222762

This publication could not have come at a better time. A few weeks into reviewing this volume, several news articles, documentaries and tools emerged regarding forgeries, illicit sales, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and repatriation of looted antiquities and art works.

Book Review: On the Ethics of Cultural Heritage Conservation

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Review by Lisa Edgren

On the Ethics of Cultural Heritage Conservation

By Salvador Muñoz-Viñas

Archetype Publications Ltd, London, 2020

Paperback / 140 pages

ISBN10 1909492701 / ISBN13 9781909492707

Book Review: Culture is Bad for You

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Review by Jenny Mathiasson

Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries

By Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor

Manchester University Press, 2020

Paperback / 384 pages / £11.99

ISBN: 978-1-5261-4416-4

Book Review: Book Conservation and Digitization

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Reviewed by Marc Holly

Book Conservation and Digitization – The Challenges of Dialogue and Collaboration.

By / Ed. Alberto Campagnolo (and Contributors)

ARC Humanities Press, 2020

300 Pages, 109 € / 125 USD

ISBN: 9781641890533

Book Review: Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: emerging research from the APPEAR project

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Reviewed by Alexandra Taylor

Mummy Portraits of Roman Egypt: Emerging Research from the APPEAR Project
Edited by Marie Svoboda and Caroline R. Cartwright
J. P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles
US publication Date: August 25, 2020
UK Publication Date: September 29, 2020
196 pages / 169 colour illustrations / 26 diagrams and tables
Paperback: US $60.00, UK £45.00 / Free in digital formats (online, PDF, E-book)
ISBN: 978-L-60606-654-6

Book Review: On Canvas

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Review by Joyce Townsend

On Canvas: Preserving the Structure of Paintings
By Stephen Hackney
The Getty Conservation Institute, 2020
256 pages / $50 Getty Store / £40 Amazon / Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-60606-626-3