Frequently Asked Questions
I found a painting in my grandmother’s house. Is it real? What’s it worth?
The museum does not perform identifications, authentications, or valuations. You can find a certified appraiser at www.appraisers.org/findappraiser or http://www.isa-appraisers.org/. An auction resource like Christie’s or Sotheby’s—or even an online auction site like www.ebay.com or www.artprice.com—can help you learn more about the value of your object.
Where can I learn more about a specific artist or type of art?
You can research artists and art in many different ways. Start your search online at a site like www.artcyclopedia.com or www.askart.com. You should also search your local library—librarians are great at getting hard-to-find information, so be sure to ask!
May I talk to a curator?
Curators are often traveling or heavily scheduled, so an appointment is absolutely necessary. When making an appointment, it is important that you state the reason for your call. In most cases, questions can be answered with a little research on your part or by the department’s support staff.
I have an artwork that needs to be cleaned. Who should I call?
The museum cannot endorse specific conservators. Excellent information on selecting a conservator is available on the American Institute for Conservation website at http://www.conservation-us.org/.
I need to move a large painting or sculpture. How do I do it?
There are a limited number of companies that specialize in fine art handling and shipping both locally and nationwide. For crating or shipping outside the region, you can try www.usart.com, www.artexfas.com, or www.atelier4.com. The museum does not endorse any specific art handling and shipping companies.
I need to have a work of art framed. Can you recommend someone?
Matting and framing is done by many companies in our area. Some practice the most current conservation methods available. It’s up to you to request the level of care you want. The American Institute for Conservation can tell you what kinds of questions to ask, visit http://www.conservation-us.org/_data/n_0001/resources/live/mattingandframing.pdf.
Where can I find a reproduction of an artwork?
The Museum Store sells postcards and posters of some of the works in the DMA's collections. If you are interested in a reproduction of a piece not owned by the Museum, there are several options. First, check the Web for sites like www.corbis.com or www.barewalls.com that sell thousands of prints and posters by well-known (and not so well known) artists. Another resource is the museum that owns the work; try to locate the institution that owns the piece and contact their store. Finally, check a frame shop or poster shop. Many have catalogs of posters and prints available from all over the world.
How do I research a piece of art owned by the Dallas Museum of Art?
Go to Writing About Art Objects at the DMA.
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