Before the Art Fair - Condition Check Your Artwork according to Articheck

Whether the work you decided to display is stored in a secure facility, only just finished fabrication at the studio, or is on the way to your gallery, remember to condition check it once it's in your hands and before you move it to another location. On one hand, condition checks provide an effective way to monitor change or damage to a piece over time; so in the case of an art fair, a condition check allows you to keep track of an artwork's changing physical condition. This functions as a safeguard against future destruction of the work and covers liability for work that has been damaged. On the other hand, and especially with modern or contemporary pieces, condition reports also enable you to highlight 'strange' areas that arepart of technique or consist of unusual materials, which avoids misinterpreting them as potential damage. Articheck recommends using the right gloves when moving your artwork. Find below a selection of gloves and their appropriated use:

Powder-free nitrile gloves Made from synthetic rubber copolymer and non-reactive, they won't be leaving fingerprints either, but unlike white gloves they won't soak up moisture, snag or deposit lint. Additionally, they provide a certain amount of grip, which is useful when handling objects with smooth surfaces.

Powder-free nitrile gloves

Made from synthetic rubber copolymer and non-reactive, they won't be leaving fingerprints either, but unlike white gloves they won't soak up moisture, snag or deposit lint. Additionally, they provide a certain amount of grip, which is useful when handling objects with smooth surfaces.

Not for art: latex gloves The material in latex glove is chemically unstable and may react with handled works. Furthermore, latex and rubber are both weakened when they come in contact with oil, which we all know is present in various artworks, mostly painting.

Not for art: latex gloves

The material in latex glove is chemically unstable and may react with handled works. Furthermore, latex and rubber are both weakened when they come in contact with oil, which we all know is present in various artworks, mostly painting.

Work gloves Work gloves are used for sculpture or heavy furniture when nitrile gloves are not stable enough. Their rubberized grip can help manage slippery, heavy objects and are generally useful when moving big objects.

Work gloves

Work gloves are used for sculpture or heavy furniture when nitrile gloves are not stable enough. Their rubberized grip can help manage slippery, heavy objects and are generally useful when moving big objects.

White cotton gloves For decades white cotton gloves were considered the safest way to handle artwork. Cotton is non-reactive, and will protect the object from fingerprints. However, cotton gloves can snag and shed lint on objects. In addition, hand oils and sweat can come in contact with the object because cotton soaks moisture away from the skin.

White cotton gloves

For decades white cotton gloves were considered the safest way to handle artwork. Cotton is non-reactive, and will protect the object from fingerprints. However, cotton gloves can snag and shed lint on objects. In addition, hand oils and sweat can come in contact with the object because cotton soaks moisture away from the skin.