Bark Frameworks


Panel-making with Bark White Paper

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

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. In making the backing panel for these works, we use our 79" wide Bark White Paper, a special ultra-smooth white paper we had made just for us.

First, 100% cotton rag board is ... Read More

Framing Jen Bervin's Silk Poems

Posted on July 12th, 2016

“When life gets serious…..suddenly poems get very important.” – Jen Bervin


How do you frame the invisible? Brooklyn-based artist and writer Jen Bervin explores philosophical and poetic thought via minimalist works made using text and textiles. A 2013 recipient of a Creative Capital grant, Bervin recently completed a three-year project exploring the artistic, scientific ... Read More

Building an Oversized Frame for a Paul Feeley Work

Posted on January 14th, 2016

After moving to our large shop on Grand Street in SoHo in 1978, we developed a specialty in framing very large works. When we acquired our building in Long Island City 16 years ago, we made sure to have all the space we would need to frame works of the largest size. Recently Garth Greenan Gallery asked us to frame a painting by Paul Feeley that was about 8’ x 1... Read More

Using a Degas Frame Design for a Work by Irma Stern

Posted on October 1st, 2015

We recently designed and fabricated a frame for the oil painting "Washer Women" (1925) by Irma Stern.

The frame that "Washer Women" arrived in.


The back of the previous frame. Note the canvas and stretcher protrude from the back of the frame, exposing the painting to damage and thrusting the frame from the wall. This was once a common framing practice.


The painting after it was rem... Read More

When Framing Damages Art: Mat Burn

Posted on March 19th, 2015

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 the watercolor in its previous mat and frame, from the 1960s. From a distance it looks fine, but when examined closely, it was clear that the matboard was made from highly acidic wood pulp, as were most mats from that time. We could see that the window mat had burned the edge of the ar... Read More

Framing 3-D Objects: Rough Riders Belt Buckle

Posted on September 17th, 2014

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 gloves signed by Muhammad Ali, skateboards, Oreo cookies, an entire leg cast, and a wrought iron elevator door designed by Louis Sullivan. In this case, we were framing a much smal... Read More

Gilding: Yelena Budylin Narrative Frames

Posted on July 21st, 2014

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 ... Read More

Frames and The Gray Lady

Posted on June 30th, 2014

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... Read More

Framing Sally Mann

Posted on June 4th, 2014

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?Read More

FRAMES + MEDIA: Framing Four Ways (Yoko Ono)

Posted on March 27th, 2014

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 ... Read More