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Framing a 17th Century Work on Parchment

Seventeenth century Dutch frame design is a subject we return to again and again. Framing art from this period offers our designers the opportunity to utilize our research into historic frames  and presents some complex issues in the arena of art preservation. Rachel Danzing, a paper conservator in private practice who was previously Paper Conservator at the Brooklyn Museum -- and with experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery -- recently approached ...  Read More

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

A Message from Jed Bark

Bark Frameworks is now entirely owned by its employees through an ESOP trust. For the past two years we have been discussing the prospect of creating an ESOP—an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and now we have taken this big step. I will continue working at the company on a number of projects and will chair the board of directors. Karl Thorndike, who has served as vice president for operations for the past six years, will become president and CEO of Bark Frameworks. Jed Bark,...  Read More

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

Framing Jen Bervin's Silk Poems

“When life gets serious…..suddenly poems get very important.” – Jen Bervin   How do you frame the invisible? Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jen Bervin explores philosophical and poetic thought via minimalist works made using text and textiles. A 2013 recipient of a Creative Capital grant, Bervin recently completed a three-year project exploring the artistic, scientific and historical facets of silk, a material with ties to virtually every culture i...  Read More

Posted on July 12th, 2016

Building an Oversized Frame for a Paul Feeley Work

After moving to our large shop on Grand Street in SoHo in 1978, we developed a specialty in framing very large works. When we acquired our building in Long Island City 16 years ago, we made sure to have all the space we would need to frame works of the largest size. Recently Garth Greenan Gallery asked us to frame a painting by Paul Feeley that was about 8’ x 12’. The process is illustrated below.   1. Oversized frames take up a lot of floor space being built and...  Read More

Posted on January 14th, 2016

Using a Degas Frame Design for a Work by Irma Stern

We recently designed and fabricated a frame for the oil painting "Washer Women" (1925) by Irma Stern. The frame that "Washer Women" arrived in.   The back of the previous frame. Note the canvas and stretcher protrude from the back of the frame, exposing the painting to damage and thrusting the frame from the wall. This was once a common framing practice.   The painting after it was removed from the frame.   After reviewing a number of p...  Read More

Posted on October 1st, 2015

When Framing Damages Art: Mat Burn

We were recently asked to re-frame a watercolor whose subject was the Hudson River town of Haverstraw, NY. The picture was painted in 1944, and was most recently framed in the 1960s.Here is the watercolor in its previous mat and frame, from the 1960s. From a distance it looks fine, but when examined closely, it was clear that the matboard was made from highly acidic wood pulp, as were most mats from that time. We could see that the window mat had burned the edge of the artwork.The ...  Read More

Posted on March 19th, 2015

Frames for Three Degas Pastels, (Part 2 of 2)

Framing for "Danseuse Buste, 1897"Edgar Degas, "Danseuse Buste, 1897," unframed.To frame the Degas pastel we discussed in our last Newsletter, we made a profile that was closely related to three drawings from his sketchbooks. As we noted, a few original Degas frames of this genre still can be seen. But there are no surviving examples of frames made from most of his drawings, and it is doubtful if more than a handful were ever made in his lifetime. Over the past fifteen years though w...  Read More

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Framing 3-D Objects: Rough Riders Belt Buckle

We generally frame paintings and works on paper at Bark Frameworks—drawings, prints and photographs. However, we have the design capability and specialized craftspeople to frame almost anything. During our 45 year history, we’ve framed boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali, skateboards, Oreo cookies, an entire leg cast, and a wrought iron elevator door designed by Louis Sullivan. In this case, we were framing a much smaller object, a personal treasure of the owner.Shown here...  Read More

Posted on September 17th, 2014

Frames for Three Degas Pastels (Part 1 of 2)

A recent Bark Frameworks job that involved framing three Degas pastels. This is Part I of a two-part article. Part II will appear in the October 2014 Newsletter.Edgar Degas was an inventive designer of frames. In several of his notebooks from 1879-1884 appear some forty frame profile drawings of striking originality. But only a few of the artist’s frame designs appear to have migrated from the notebooks to the frame shop.  And since dealers and collectors were inclined t...  Read More

Posted on September 5th, 2014