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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

Ornament and Crime: Guilloche

In Adolf Loos’s 1908 essay “Ornament and Crime,” he wrote that “the evolution of culture is synonymous with the removal of ornament from objects of daily use.” We’ve borrowed Loos’s pungent title even though culture has evolved—to twist and circle, like the guilloche—in ways Loos never imagined. Ornament occupies a secure, if minor, place in contemporary frame design. For us, it’s most interesting when the ornamental element is the focus of the frame, not jus...  Read More

Posted on June 27th, 2014

Framing Sally Mann

Bark Frameworks Marketing Specialist Jennifer Clark interviewed Amy Hinten, who has designed frames for Bark for 13 years, about creating designs to present photographer Sally Mann’s ambrotypes, which were shown at Edwynn Houk Gallery in the fall of 2012.Jennifer Clark: To start off, tell us about this show. What are ambrotypes?Amy Hinten: The show was called “Upon Reflection." While recovering from an equestrian accident, Mann created a series of self-portraits using the am...  Read More

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Working with Living Artists

One of the most compelling aspects of designing frames at Bark is that our designers get to work with living artists—both established and emerging—to design frames that present their work in the best possible way, as well as protect it from an environment that can be harsh for art materials. And we can share with artists our deep experience in designing frames that present an artist’s work in the best light. The first question for our designers in working with arti...  Read More

Posted on May 29th, 2014

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