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Articles and Press2020-06-30T19:19:55+00:00

Susan Fisher Appointed CEO of Bark Frameworks

December 2020 New CEO Susan Fisher Appointed to Lead Bark Frameworks Bark Frameworks Inc., an ultra-high end, 100% employee owned art services and manufacturing company in Long Island City, NY, is pleased to announce ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Katie Truisi

Employee owner name: Katie Truisi Department at Bark Frameworks: Design Department How long have you worked at Bark? Six years Hails from: Long Island, NY What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks? I ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Mark Minevich

For the second interview in our on-going series highlighting our employee-owners, we talked with Bark Frameworks hinger Mark Minevich. Employee owner name: Mark Minevich Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation / Hinging Hails from: St. ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Ralph Fleming

Employee owner name: Ralph Raphael Fleming Department at Bark Frameworks: Woodshop How long have you worked at Bark?: Since 1992 (27+ years!) Hails from: Richmond, VA What did you do before you worked at Bark Frameworks? I came ...

Close UPs: A Studio Visit with Bark Frameworks

October 2019 THE UP STUDIO presents CLOSE UPS: A Deeper Look At The Work And Workplaces Of Some Of The Brilliant, Creative People Who We Collaborate With. UP collaborated with Bark Frameworks to create ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Peter Suzuki

Employee owner name: Peter Suzuki Department/Position at Bark Frameworks: Special Milling / Woodshop Hails from: Kailua, Hawaii How long have you worked at Bark? Six years What did you do for work before you worked at Bark Frameworks? ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Phil Kennedy

Employee owner name: Phil Kennedy Department/Job at Bark Frameworks: Art Preservation (focuses on Mat Making) How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight years. Hails from: Massapequa, Long Island. What did you do before you worked at Bark ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Keara Martin

Now that Bark Frameworks is employee owned, we wanted to reintroduce ourselves, one staff member at a time. In our first Spotlight interview of 2019, Marketing Manager Jennifer Clark sits down with Bark Frameworks welder ...

Wardell Milan at Fraenkel Gallery

Wardell Milan: Parisian Landscapes, Blue in Green Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco January 3 - February 16, 2019 Bark Frameworks frame designer Amy ...

Irving Penn at Hamiltons Gallery

Irving Penn Exhibition: Paintings, at Hamiltons Gallery (London) November 28, 2018 - January 26, 2019 “Pleased with the new freedom, I found inside myself accumulated forms, enjoyed arbitrary colour, the touch of the brush, ...

Employee Owner Spotlight: Eric Knutzon

This month, we sit down with Eric Knutzon, Design Director at Bark Frameworks. Employee owner name: Eric Knutzon Hails from: Rural Colorado via California and Kansas City. How long have you worked at Bark?: Eight ...

Framing Torild Stray for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Recently, we worked with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to frame a large-scale work by Norwegian-born artist Torild Stray. Bark frame designer Paul Jordan worked with Lisa Conte, the Museum’s Head of Conservation, to frame Stray’s charcoal drawing ...

Custom Frames and Easels for Cartesian Graphics

Bark Frameworks designer Christine Heindl worked with Julia Roshkow, founder of Cartesian Graphics to design custom frames and easels for art made using Swarovski crystals hand-applied on intricate ...

Double-sided Frames for Alex Katz Drawings

Recently, Bark Frameworks collaborated with Timothy Taylor Gallery in Chelsea to frame a number of works on paper for "Alex Katz: Subway Drawings” (the exhibition was presented in collaboration with Gavin Brown's enterprise), Apr. 27 - June 30, 2017. ...

Helen Frankenthaler at Gagosian Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler: After Abstract Expressionism, 1959 - 1962 Gagosian Gallery (Paris) June 9 - September 16, 2017 “ There are no rules. Let the picture lead you where it must go.” -- Helen Frankenthaler ...

In the Frame, Katherine McMahon

September 2017 Katherine McMahon peers into the world of Art Services -- including frame making at Bark Frameworks -- in the Fall 2017 issue of ARTnews, which features the annual ARTnews Top 200 Collectors ...

Framing a 17th Century Work on Parchment

Seventeenth-century Dutch frame design is a subject we return to again and again. Framing art from this period offers our designers the opportunity to utilize our research into historic frames and presents some complex issues ...

Ask the Experts (The Framer)

Bark Frameworks founder Jed Bark talks with Design Hunting editor Wendy Goodman about framing valuable artwork. Download the article as a PDF New York Magazine (Design Hunting), Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 ...

Panel-making with Bark White Paper

At times, we frame oversized artworks that require a large, seamless panel to accommodate pass-through hinges, where the hinge material is literally passed through slots on a backmat, so that the work can be secured. ...

Frames of Reference

"Frames of Reference: Jared Bark finds inspiration in an Impressionist’s notebooks for frames that bring art history to life" by Jennie Yabroff. Download the article as a PDF Elle Decor / May ...

A Message from Jed Bark

Bark Frameworks is now entirely owned by its employees through an ESOP trust. For the past two years we have been discussing the prospect of creating an ESOP—an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and now ...

Richard Pousette-Dart at Pace Gallery

Richard Pousette-Dart, at Pace Gallery September 16 - November 18, 2016 “ Every painting is a new experience and a departure into the unknown.” -- Richard Pousette-Dart ...

Helen Frankenthaler at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills

Line into Color, Color into Line: Helen Frankenthaler, Paintings 1962-1987 Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills) September 16 - October 29, 2016 “...A line, color, shapes, spaces, all do one thing for and within themselves, and ...

Framing Jen Bervin’s Silk Poems

When life gets serious…..suddenly poems get very important. How do you frame the invisible? Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jen Bervin explores philosophical and poetic thought via minimalist works made using text ...

Whitney Stories: Jared Bark on John D. Graham

July 2016 Jared Bark has numerous ties to the Whitney Museum of American Art: his work is in the Museum's permanent collection and was included in the exhibition Rituals of Rented Island in 2014; ...

Elizabeth Enders at Real Art Ways

Come In! Elizabeth Enders Recent Work, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, CT September 2015 - January 2016 ...

Two Exhibitions Curated by Ellsworth Kelly

The Monet/Kelly Exhibition at The Clark Art Institute November 23, 2014 - February 16, 2015 "I develop detailed framing specifications, including materials and construction and every detail is important. I want the frame to ...

Acrylic Glazing: Towards Invisible Protection

May 2015 Culling from years of first-hand research, Jed Bark writes about acrylic glazing, its virtues, and its limitations, in this article. Download the article as a PDF Picture Framing Magazine, May ...

The Cardinal Rules of Framing, ArtSpace.com

June 2017 What are the most important issues when framing a work of art? We asked master framer Jed Bark, of Bark Frameworks, and the celebrated abstract artist James Siena (who also happens to be a former employee ...

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 ...

Frames for Three Degas Pastels (Part 2 of 2)

Framing for "Danseuse Buste, 1897" 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 ...

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 ...

Helen Frankenthaler at Gagosian Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler, Composing with Color: Paintings 1962–1963 Gagosian Gallery - Uptown (New York) September 11 - October 18, 2014 “Helen Frankenthaler: Composing with Color: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Gregory Crewdson at Wave Hill

Gregory Crewdson: "Fireflies" at Wave Hill August 2014 “I began working with Bark Frameworks in 2006, when they framed my Fireflies series. These pictures are small, intimate and one-of-a-kind. The frames were elegant and ...

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 ...

Collector’s New York Home

This is the New York home of a photography collector and long-time Bark client. He started purchasing photographs decades ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mark Rothko at Pace Gallery

Mark Rothko: Works on Paper, 1941 - 1947 Pace Gallery Bark Frameworks frame designer Amy Hinten worked with New York-based ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Framing Rippl-Ronai

Here is a framing project that we were asked to undertake by Elizabeth Easton when she was Chair of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture at The Brooklyn Museum. The painting is by ...

Frames + Media: An Old Fashioned Frame

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 ...

Frames + Media: The Mellon’s van Gogh

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 ...

Art Inspiring Literature: Masterworks from Mauritshuis

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis--which opened at the Frick Collection in New York last month--showcases treasures from the collection of Mauritshuis in The Hague, The Netherlands, while the ...

Glazing Test

Recently a client asked if we would examine a frame made some years ago and determine if the glazing blocks ultra-violet light. Some of the media used in making the work were almost certainly ...

Framing Xu Bing’s The Suzhou Landscripts

I first met the artist Xu Bing last year in the company of Judith Goldman and Shelagh Vainker.  Judith’s Deuce II Editions published his four panel lithographic work, and Shelagh is Curator at Oxford’s Ashmolean ...

Jed Bark Featured in the New York Social Diary

July 2012 New York Social Diary recently visited our Long Island City facility to interview Jed Bark, and take many beautiful photographs of our operation. New York Social Diary, July, 2012 By ...

Glenn Gissler Design

Designer Glenn Gissler has been working with Bark Frameworks for more than 15 years framing fine art works for his residential interior design clients. We are happy ...

George Condo at Skarstedt Gallery

George Condo: Drawing Paintings Skarstedt Gallery November 4 - December 21, 2011 The frames for George Condo's works were made from maple with a white rubbed finish. The ...

James Siena, The Pace Gallery

James Siena, at Pace Gallery March 25 - April 30, 2011 Since James Siena worked at Bark Frameworks in the early 1980s, ...

Jean Pagliuso at Marlborough Gallery

Jean Pagliuso: "The Poultry and Raptor Suites" Marborough Gallery February 23 - March 26, 2011 These photographs are from the exhibition Jean Pagliuso: The Poultry and ...

Jenny Holzer at Yvon Lambert Gallery

Jenny Holzer: Top Secret Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris October 18 - December 1, 2010 For these complex oil-on-linen paintings, we designed precise and rigorous white float ...

Gregory Crewdson at Gagosian Gallery

Gregory Crewdson: Sactuary Gagosian Gallery, New York (Uptown) September 2010 Gregory Crewdson's Sanctuary series was first exhibited at Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in ...

Margaret Holben Ellis on Hinging

“The Most Critical Step in the Entire Framing Process” An excerpt from the interview: "On several occasions, I have encountered multiple sets of pressure-sensitive "archival" tape hinges left over from past reframing campaigns.  I'm ...

Gregory Crewdson at Three Galaries

Gregory Crewdson: Beneath the Roses Gagosian Gallery, Luhring Augustine and White Cube Galleries 2008 Our first large scale project with Gregory Crewdson was framing his ...

Border Patrol

September 2002 "The long-term health of pictures depends on careful selection of frames and proper lighting." Download the article as a PDF. ARTnews, September 2002 By Michelle Falkenstein ...

Mirror Mirror

1997 Download the article as a PDF. Interior Design, 1997 By Henry Urbach

Framing, ARTnews

November 2000 Jared Bark, one of four partners at Bark Frameworks in New York, remembers walking up to a beautifully framed Matisse drawing in a San Francisco gallery. His delight soon turned to dismay ...

A Master Framer

1993 Download the article as a PDF. Elle Decor, 1993 By Henry Urbach

Glazing for Framing and Case Making

In 1991, Jared Bark wrote this article on glazing materials for framers  and for designers and preparators in museums and galleries. The glazing market was chaotic in the 1980’s and early 90’s, and this ...

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