Martina Yamin – The Paper Conservator

I had the pleasure of going to legendary paper conservator and fellow ArtTable member, Martina Yamin’s studio during Armory Week who generously allowed a group of us to traipse around her charming 4-story townhouse in Murray Hill. Her collection is appropriately dedicated to works on paper. Whether it be drawings, etchings, collages, she embraces rags of all shapes and sizes. Browsing through the art was witness to a who’s who of artists who have worked in the medium (which would be almost every famous artist since ideas almost always start on paper). In perfect condition were works by Mark Grotjhan, Marcel Dzama, Kiki Smith, David Smith, and many others. Martina epitomizes grace, intelligence and charm. Her dedication to her practice, strong work ethic, acute focus, and humility are only a few attributes of her indisputable reputation. She is a renowned and distinguished figure in the art world and the authority in paper conservation so pull out your Calder gouache from your closet, or whatever the case may be and check for any foxing, molding, or acid matting.

Martina Yamin, 206 E. 30th St, New York, NY 10016, Tel. 212-532-6957, myamin@aol.com

For a copy of ‘Guidelines for the Care of Prints and Drawings’ by Margaret Holben Ellis, courtesy of Martina Yamin email: heidiklee@gmail.com

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