An Analysis of the art image interchange cycle within fine art museums

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Title: An Analysis of the art image interchange cycle within fine art museums
Author: Andersen, Evan
Abstract: The art image interchange cycle is the procedure carried out by fine art museums in reproducing fine artwork --starting with the imaging of the original work, then digital processing, and lastly, repurposing for output to achieve a high-quality replica in a range of possible media. There are many areas of importance within this process, such as digital image processing, standardization, test targets use, and color management. This research has sought to analyze the fine art image interchange through understanding the background areas and how they apply, as well as benchmarking what museums are already doing with the intention of improving and standardizing the process. Upon completion of an adequate background study of the literature (concentrated on color management theory, test targets use, and fine art reproduction) this research focused on four main areas. First, a review of international standards was established and how they can be used to benefit museums. Second, a review of test targets was conducted and how best they can be implemented in fine art reproduction. Third, a number of museum workflows were benchmarked and documented - a workflow experiment was created and implemented for documentation purposes (and future image quality analysis). Lastly, a case study was conducted of a local fine art museum's process of creating a fine art catalog, to better understand an average museum's fine art image interchange. The research concluded that the practice of standardization could be improved within museums. As far as test targets, there was a large range of understanding and use. The benchmarking of three museums was completed, and it was determined that the process of documenting workflow was a difficult task to have implemented. Lastly, in x the case study, much was gained through the interviews, placing a great importance on communication, planning, and standardization.
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Date: 2010-03

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