Training as a museum curator, emphasis was always placed on disaster preparation. Moister and temperature change are dangerous elements in the health of objects and paintings.
So, not surprisingly, catastrophes like Sandy cause havoc in the art world.
In NYC, the Chelsea Galleries located west of 10th avenue have suffered most heavily this week. Basements are flooded, and with them storage units filled with art. In some galleries doors have warped to keep gallerists from saving their prized stock. Those in need of assistance can contact American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 24-hours -a-day at (202) 661-8068.