Ask Vicente: Art & Light

Name: Touran latham
City: Richmond
State: VA
Country: USA
My question is about lighting art works. I have a collection of paintings and works on paper. Some are on one large wall lined gallery-like on one line, Others by themselves on separate walls. My existing lighting is combination of track lighting for the large wall and eye-lid can lighting for the larger paintings hanging by themselves. Smaller ones are without any. What is the best solution to give them al proper lighting and making the total collection look unified?

I would be concerned about light damage as well. I was just looking at your beautiful teal room posted June 30th with the Miro and Lichtenstein paintings and I would be extremely concerned for the paintings the way they were exposed to light. I would hesitate to hang paintings on outside walls of the house as well because temperature changes do effect paintings. Were there precautions taken here to protect them? How?

Vicente Responds:

Touran, we have all art work framed with a UV protective coating – ask your framer for glass options that contains UV protection.  Concerning lighting, I often use  Techligthing for their great variation of wire lighting that could be used to unify everything while still allowing you to adjust, if you move your artwork around. (I always move mine to keep it fresh and keep your eye engaged).

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