I have a bunch of pieces of art that I'm not displaying, but I'm not sure how I should be storing them. What's the best way to protect and preserve them (preferably without spending a zillion dollars)?
Much of what I'd like to store are posters--either old film or concert posters or art posters on linen backings--plus some prints (woodblock prints by Anthony Burrill
, and this mystery etching
(bonus points if anyone has an ID), some photos, and a couple of paintings. Plus random ephemera, like a NYC subway sign.
What's the best way to store these pieces? Right now, all of the printed materials are rolled in umpteen cardboard tubes (none of which are archival by any stretch of the imagination), and they're all jumbled together (so a silkscreen is rolled up with a lithograph or offset print, if that matters). I presume I should have some material (but what?) between each piece, but I don't. Paintings might be wrapped in bubble wrap and standing in a closet. Most of the photos are in a pile, though some are in archival envelopes.
Most of the pieces aren't worth a lot, but have sentimental value (signed Old 97s poster from the hitchhike to Rhome tour, I'm looking at you), and I'd like not to ruin them.
What should I be doing with this stuff? I live in Boston--which gives you an idea of the climate and local availability of supplies at Utrecht et al