Bark Frameworks


Wandering Renoir Returns (with Frame)

Posted on August 6th, 2014

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... Read More

Ornament and Crime: Guilloche

Posted on June 27th, 2014

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,... Read More

Working with Living Artists

Posted on May 29th, 2014

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 workin... Read More

Summer's Coming…So This Must Be Spring

Posted on May 28th, 2014

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 li... Read More

Framing Stephen Hannock

Posted on April 29th, 2014

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... Read More

What You'll See in Our Newsletter

Posted on April 29th, 2014

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... Read More