The exhibition “The Renoir Returns” opened at the Baltimore
Museum of Art several weeks ago.
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.
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
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
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
worked closely with the Rothko estate and Pace
Gallery to design frames for Mark Rothko’s early works on paper, which
incorporated watercolor, ink, graphite and charcoal.
Click here for the full article with images.... Read More
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
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
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
All of us who share an interest in keeping works of art in
the safest possible conditions must be especially careful in the spring
and fall. In these swing seasons, climate conditions may change dramatically
and very quickly. We welcome the sun after the relative darkness of winter,
but the increasing hours of sunlight and brightness of the overhead summer sun
mean that artworks (and all organic materials) will be under much more risk of
damage from light. Sunlig... Read More
Jennifer Clark interviews Bark Frameworks designer Paul Jordan.
American artist Stephen Hannock (b. 1951) paints luminous nocturnes using mixed media that are ultimately polished with random orbital sanders. His atmospheric depictions of rockets and flooded rivers seem to glow with an inner light. Hannock’s influences include British and American landscape painters of the 19th century, as well as sculptor/illustrator Leonard Baskin, with whom he did an apprenticeship while stu... Read More