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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

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 Bar...  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...  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, no...  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 t...  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 art...  Read More

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Summer's Coming…So This Must Be Spring

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. ...  Read More

Posted on May 28th, 2014

Framing Stephen Hannock

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 st...  Read More

Posted on April 29th, 2014

What You'll See in Our Newsletter

We will write about a variety of topics, including…Protecting art—For more than 40 years, we have developed practices that protect the art we frame. We keep up with new research in the field of fine art conservation and we test materials and methods ourselves to assure our clients that we are taking every care with their work. We will share with you those practices that are most important in protecting art, as well as new developments in the field of fine art framing....  Read More

Posted on April 29th, 2014