Picasso: Scanners and Secrets

Picasso_Miséreuse accroupie

Pablo Picasso. La Miséreuse accroupie, 1902. Oil on canvas, Overall: 101.3 x 66 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Anonymous gift, 1963. © Picasso Estate / SOCAN (2021) 63/1.


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Picasso: Scanners and Secrets

Thursday, December 9, 4 pm

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period marks the culmination of a multi-year international research project on the AGO’s two Blue Period paintings. Join Sandra Webster-Cook, AGO Conservator Emerita, and John K. Delaney, a Senior Imaging Scientist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington for a conversation about their research and findings, including related work on two paintings in Japanese collections, moderated by AGO Associate Curator of modern art Kenneth Brummel.

John K. Delaney is Senior Imaging Scientist in the scientific research department of the conservation division of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. His research focuses on the adaptation of remote sensing sensors and processing methods for the study of paintings and works on paper. Before joining the Gallery, Delaney was chief scientist for the Advanced Sensors Business Unit of the ISR Airborne Systems Division of the Goodrich Corporation. He received his BS from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his PhD from the Rockefeller University, and he completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Arizona and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Delaney has published more than 100 papers in the areas of imaging and spectroscopy in publications including Analytical Methods, The Analytical Scientist, Applied Physics, The Burlington Magazine, Chemical Physics, Heritage Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature, Optics Communications, and Studies in Conservation. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT.

Sandra Webster-Cook is the AGO’s former Senior Conservator of Paintings, Historical and Modern. Webster-Cook completed studies in Honors Science (Chemistry specialization), Art History and Studio art before graduating from the Queen's University Art Conservation program. She became an employee of the AGO in 1987. Her work on the Canadian Historical collection includes research on the paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff and Tom Thomson. She carried out the research and major conservation treatment of Chardin’s masterpiece, Jar of Apricots, 1758. Her work on the 17th C Dutch collection includes the research and conservation of Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Lady with a Lap Dog and, Portrait of a Seated Woman with a Handkerchief from Rembrandt’s studio, with the support of members of the Rembrandt Research Project. She worked with a team on preparations for the exhibition Picasso: Painting the Blue Period with the support of John Delaney and the scientists of Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago (NU-ACCESS), Marc Walton (Co-Director), Emeline Pouyet and Gianluca Pastorelli.

Kenneth Brummel is Associate Curator, Modern Art, at the AGO, where his selected exhibitions include Picasso: Painting the Blue Period (2021), Andy Warhol (2021), Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation (2018), Anthony Caro: Sculpture Laid Bare (2016-17) and Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi (2016). Prior to joining the AGO in 2014, Kenneth Brummel held curatorial positions in several major art museums in the United States, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. He holds a Master’s in Art History from The University of Chicago. Brummel’s area of specialty is late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century international modernism.

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