Showing Time: Can art be saved? Should it be?
By Stephen Vincent Kobasa New Haven Advocate 9/16/2009
Review of: Time Will Tell: Ethics and Choices in Conservation
Through Sept. 6. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-0600, artgallery.yale.edu.
What might happen to Dorian Gray’s portrait after the story ends? Decayed by age, it has experienced the ultimate restoration, having been returned to a pristine original state by its subject’s effort to destroy it. This is an irony, of course, and one hopes that the murder of the artist and the suicide (if unintended) of the subject are not absolute prerequisites for the kind of resolution being sought by the various curators and conservators whose projects are on view in this necessarily wordy exhibition.