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COLUMN ONE; Saving art with science; Racing to preserve a 1965 Day-Glo artwork, a conservator must reinvent a yellow pigment

Sep 07, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Deep in a basement laboratory at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, conservator Kamila Korbela peered at the moon-cratered image on the screen of her microscope, searching.

It was a speckle of paint that outwardly appeared no different from a half-dozen others in her portfolio. But the museum's sophisticated laser microscope told a different story.

Instead of magnifying the sample, it measured the vibration of its chemical elements. The readings showed that this fleck of color was...