Of the treasures in the Museums’ 115,000 works on paper, many have never been on exhibition. Drawn mainly from the collection of artist-illustrated books, this installation in the Logan Gallery is a sampling of intriguing objects chosen by Debra Evans, the Fine Arts Museums’ head of paper conservation, who has cared for these objects for nearly four decades.
“In my thirty-seven years as a paper conservator at the Fine Arts Museums, I have never had a boring day at work,” says Evans. “My position has given me unlimited access to examine, both as an experienced conservator and a delighted observer, an extraordinary collection of treasures, works on paper ranging in origin from the thirteenth-century to the present.”
Hands-on engagement with the works of art has afforded Evans a valuable perspective. “The variety of creative techniques used continually amazes, delights, and moves me. Unlike most paintings, many works on paper are light-sensitive, which precludes their long-term display. Nor is there enough gallery space for so many works. This small exhibition presents an opportunity to share with visitors a sampling my favorites, never or rarely shown, that I find especially curious and wonderful.”