For the past six weeks, we have followed the progress of Balcomb Greene's Six-Sided Planes through the museum on its way to exhibition. We began tracking the painting's journey when it first entered the Fine Arts Museums via the registration department. It then went on to paintings conservation for a makeover before heading on to the Board of Trustees for final approval. Next it re-entered the registration department for final acquisition, after which it was photographed for record-keeping purposes. And last week, we learned about the work's art historical context and significance from the American art department's curatorial perspective. Now, after all the research, preparation, and planning, Six-Sided Planes is finally on display in Wilsey Court!
Art technician Paul Tavian wheels the painting through Wilsey Court.
Together, Paul and Julian Stark carefully transfer the painting to the wall to determine the correct placement.
Careful measurements ensure the painting is centered on the wall.
Paul calculates the height of the hooks. The painting will be hung so that its midpoint is at exactly 62 inches.
Paul and Julian carefully hang the painting on the wall.
Julian checks the painting with a level to make sure it hangs straight, while Paul measures the midpoint.
Once the work is hung to their satisfaction, Paul and Julian re-install the viewing boundary, which keeps the painting safe from accidental damages.
Later that afternoon, Paul returns to install the label.
Although the label is fabricated with a highly adhesive backing, Paul uses standard masking tape to secure it to the wall, which prevents any paint from being stripped off when the label is removed from the wall.
Just like the painting itself, the label is also measured with a level to ensure that it hangs straight.
Six-Sided Planes is now on view to the public!
Now that you have seen everything that goes on before an artwork goes on display, we hope that you will have a new appreciation for the painting when you come and see it in person at the de Young!