THE ART NEWSPAPER | Melanie Gerlis, Julia Halperin:
Forensic scientists usually stay behind the scenes, shining a strong light on fine art. Sotheby’s appointment of James Martin as its director of scientific research—and its acquisition of the firm he founded, Orion Analytical—has turned the spotlight on the experts.
Prior to the recent art market boom, scientific laboratories for art were mostly the preserve of institutions. But in recent years, small businesses focused on conservation have begun offering some types of analysis to private clients. There are now a handful of dedicated art labs, of which Orion was perhaps the best known… Read more
Image: Anderson Cooper interviewing James Martin on the 60 Minutes show. Courtesy of CBS News