“Saving Art with Science” – A Conservator races to reinvent a color

“When she began chasing Saturn Yellow, Korbela still worked full time at LACMA, splitting her days between Stella’s pieces and works by Yayoi Kusama, Joan Mitchell, John Singer Sargent, Rufino Tamayo and Pablo Picasso. Now, she runs her own conservation company, LA Art Labs, and must wait for grants and squeeze tests in on the side — a process that will probably take months.

Even after all of that, the hunt for vintage Saturn Yellow might not be over. ‘We will have to do more analysis to find those perfect matches,’ Korbela said. It’s a field that’s very much still in its baby shoes.”

Sonja Sholklapper, Los Angeles Times

The article can also be accessed here on latimes.com.