Installing “Burn, Baby, Burn”

Following two previous posts in relation to this LARGE Matta painting, I wanted to share some images I took during the stretching and hanging of this monumental piece.

Under the supervision and direction of the Painting Conservation Department, conservators and art handlers unrolled and placed the painting on a custom-made stretcher covered with a loose lining (canvas support).

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Once the painted canvas was correctly positioned on the stretcher, conservators then proceeded to attach it by stapling on the back side of the stretcher. This process requires a lot of pulling and tugging to make sure the painting is completely flat and wrinkle free.

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After the attaching is done, the painting is lifted and hung on the wall by as many as ten people. All told, this feat was accomplished in about four hours.

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Yosi Pozeilov, Senior Conservation Photographer

One Response to Installing “Burn, Baby, Burn”

  1. A great behind-the-scene post. Great pictures too.

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