Today's NY Times
has a great article on the conservator at the Whitney, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro. She has started a project to record an artist's thoughts on the conservation and preservation of his/her artwork. Ms. Mancusi-Ungaro has spoken with a number of modern and contemporary artists and their views on the subject vary widely.
"Recently, she said, she interviewed the young artist Dario Robleto, who uses materials as exotic as mammoth ivory, whale-bone dust and homemade crystals. She asked him whether a delicate antenna for a butterfly was made from vinyl, and he said it was, adding that it could never be just any vinyl. 'He was adamant that it had to come from a copy of James Brown's 'Sex Machine' album,' she said."
Kennedy, Randy. "Giving the Artists a Voice in Preserving Their Work." New York Times
. June 29, 2006.