Keep It Moving?: Conserving Kinetic Art (Symposium Proceedings) (Paperback)

Keep It Moving?: Conserving Kinetic Art (Symposium Proceedings) By Rachel Rivenc (Editor), Reinhard Bek (Editor) Cover Image

Keep It Moving?: Conserving Kinetic Art (Symposium Proceedings) (Paperback)

By Rachel Rivenc (Editor), Reinhard Bek (Editor)


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Kinetic art not only includes movement but often depends on it to produce an intended effect and therefore fully realize its nature as art. It can take a multiplicity of forms and include a wide range of motion, from motorized and electrically driven movement to motion as the result of wind, light, or other sources of energy. Kinetic art emerged throughout the twentieth century and had its major developments in the 1950s and 1960s. 
Professionals responsible for conserving contemporary art are in the midst of rethinking the concept of authenticity and solving the dichotomy often felt between original materials and functionality of the work of art. The contrast is especially acute with kinetic art when a compromise between the two often seems impossible. Also to be considered are issues of technological obsolescence and the fact that an artist’s chosen technology often carries with it strong sociological and historical information and meanings. 

The free online edition of this open-access book is available at and includes zoomable figures and videos. Also available are free PDF, EPUB, and Kindle/MOBI downloads of the book.
Rachel Rivenc is an associate scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute and author of Made in Los Angeles: Materials, Processes, and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism (Getty Publications, 2015). 

Reinhard Bekis a partner of Bek & Frohnert LLC, a conservation studio specializing in modern and contemporary art.
Product Details ISBN: 9781606065389
ISBN-10: 1606065386
Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Symposium Proceedings