It’s in the details….Albert Bierstadt

Rustin had the opportunity today to visit the Brooklyn Museum and study Albert Bierstadt’s “Storm over Mount Rosalie”. It was so interesting to compare it to the “Domes of Yosemite” that we are treating in Miami. There were many similar details were evident. The paintings were done a year apart, 1866 and 1867, probably from the same sketches, watercolors, and photographs from his recent western trip.

 

Meet Rustin Levenson of ArtCare Conservation in Bird Road Art District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rustin Levenson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
After working in the Painting Conservation Department of the Metropolitan Museum, I started a private conservation studio in New York City. That studio, along with one in Los Angeles, are the sister studios of ArtCare Conservation in Miami.

Our teams of conservators provide museum quality conservation to institutions, corporations, and private clients. We are honored to work with the major museums in Miami and throughout Florida; the PAMM, the ICA, the Frost Museum at FIU, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and many others.

The conservators in our studio have the highest level of training and expertise. In addition to our work on paintings, we publish, teach, and lecture internationally.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The recent Hurricane Irma challenged our team in Miami. Fortunately, we were well prepared and were able to protect the paintings in our care and keep our climate stable with a generator. Like other Miami businesses, during hurricane season, our eyes are always on the tropics.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ArtCare Conservation – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are proud of our efforts to work together to solve painting conservation problems. Especially with contemporary works, all sorts of difficult conditions arise. Because we have many years of experience and varied strengths and expertise, we are able to craft solutions as a team. Calls and images go back and forth from Miami, to LA, to NYC as we sort out the best ways to treat complicated paintings.

Some years back, a TV crew came to our studio to propose a reality show about painting conservation. We showed them all types of interesting paintings and treatments. Their main questions were “How do the conservators get along?” and “What are your conflicts?”. When we told them how well we get along and how we work together, they completely (and luckily) lost interest.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
ArtCare Miami moved to a larger studio in the Bird Road Art District several years ago. This has given us the ability to take on oversize paintings. In the fall we are taking on a giant (15′ x 10′) Albert Bierstadt painting which will provide unique challenges. We are all looking forward to having this amazing painting in the studio.

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