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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

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. If we ...  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 painting's rec...  Read More

Posted on August 6th, 2014

Gilding: Yelena Budylin Narrative Frames

Gilded frames are generally associated with traditional frame styles—with period frames or their reproductions. At Bark Frameworks, however, since we focus on framing works of art from Impressionism to the present, the range of gilding we practice is eclectic and varied -- rarely intended to mimic an antique. Fittingly, our gilders have a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Their unique qualities and talents shine forth in the work they produce here.One such Bark staff...  Read More

Posted on July 21st, 2014

Frames and The Gray Lady

Recently, three images in which frames played an interesting role appeared in the Sunday New York Times. The first picture was this one--above the fold on the front page.The picture shows a banner for the Egyptian candidate for president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The banner is huge. And the frame itself, which is part of the banner, must be over six feet wide. In our last Frames + Media posting, we wrote “a frame may serve as an ornate halo, bestowing honor or status on the ...  Read More

Posted on June 30th, 2014

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