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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 ...  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 n...  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.Th...  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.Show...  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 incl...  Read More

Posted on September 5th, 2014

FRAMES + MEDIA: Gentlemen and Livery

Frames carry multiple messages. Around a work of art a frame can establish an emphatic border—the artwork is inside the frame/the world is outside; or it may act as an almost invisible bridge from the artwork to the wall and the room. The frame may have more to do with the décor surrounding it than the work of art within it; or a frame may serve as an ornate halo, bestowing honor or status on the work framed.Frames appear in many forms in the media, especially in ads. ...  Read More

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Wandering Renoir Returns (with Frame)

The exhibition “The Renoir Returns” opened at the Baltimore Museum of Art several weeks ago. The centerpiece of the exhibition, the artist’s “On the Shore of the Seine” (c. 1879), is a small landscape that was stolen from the museum more than 60 years ago. The painting was restored to the BMA by a federal judge after a woman, who claimed to have bought it at a flea market because she liked the frame, tried to sell it at auction. The story of the painti...  Read More

Posted on August 6th, 2014