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March 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Grant will help preserve SAM’s Pollock

Seattle Art Museum is one of the museums worldwide that will share in $2 million awarded by Bank of America for art conservation projects in 2012. The money is for conservation of Jackson Pollock’s “Sea Change” (1947), donated to SAM by Peggy Guggenheim in 1958. According to the museum, the grant to SAM will enable staff and conservationists to study the original materials of the painting and evaluate the effect of materials applied in earlier conservation. The treatment will focus on recovering a surface “that more closely reflects Pollock’s original technique and intent.” Other institutions that received grants are National Gallery of Art, the Guggenheim, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage.

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