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Conservation report relating to Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1988

Related to Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953

Conservation report and images related to Cranmer Art Conservation’s treatment of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), 1988. Courtesy Dana Cranmer

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Conservation Document

In 1988, a conservator from Cranmer Art Conservation removed the backing board from Erased de Kooning Drawing. This report documents the treatment, which was undertaken at the request of the artist. The paper board, which had likely been applied to reinforce the drawing before the erasure process began, was acidic, and had begun to damage the work. Upon its removal, an additional drawing by Willem de Kooning (1904–1997) was revealed on the back of the sheet.

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