Art Histories: the muscle memory of an art conservator

THE Magazine - Photo by Stefan Wachs

THE Magazine - Photo by Stefan WachsBy Jordan Eddy
Photos by Stefan Wachs
THE Magazine, October 2016 Issue


When he lived in New York City, Matthew Horowitz worked for Lowy Frame and Restoring Company, a 109-year-old business that was headquartered in a brownstone on the Upper East Side. He worked as an art restorer in a studio on the top floor, with a long row of north-facing windows overlooking a historic slice of the city. “There aren’t too many tall buildings looking north from 80th Street, so you could see all these ancient water towers poking up. It was classic,” Horowitz says. Lowy is the city’s oldest and largest restoration firm, and its facilities felt like a pristine scientific laboratory. Horowitz had an apartment nearby. “I would go running in Central Park, and I’d walk downtown. I had my friends and a whole New York life,” he says. “It’s a very specific sort of experience.” Continue reading »

The Revive Mobile

Matthew Horowitz

When I opened Revive I knew it would be important to have the ability to pick up and drop off artwork from time to time. My Mini Cooper wasn’t going to cut it.

I always encourage clients to bring their art in themselves so we can perform tests and determine treatment together in the studio. As another option, there are several art moving company’s here in Santa Fe. But it’s often necessary for me to pick up a piece myself. It allows for a quicker response to requests and I can get art back to people as soon as it’s finished if they are under the gun. Basically, it allows me to go the extra mile in customer service. Continue reading »

Sunday Spotlight: Art restorer stays true to his favorite icon, Zozobra

Matt Horowitz, restoring a painting Friday at Goldleaf Framemakers of Santa Fe, started the art restoration department at the business after returning to Santa Fe from a successful career in New York City. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

By Chris Quintana
The New Mexican | Updated Mar 2, 2015

Matthew Horowitz had a prestigious job as an art restorer at Lowy Framing & Restoration in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest fine arts services firm.

Recently he recalled lying on the floor of his empty Manhattan apartment and crying about leaving that life and career behind. But coming home to Santa Fe turned out to be a good decision for Horowitz, now 32. Continue reading »