Framed | Reagan Upshaw Fine Art

Framed | Reagan Upshaw Fine Art

1 of the upsides to getting good friends with artists is that in some cases they give you functions of artwork.  One particular of the downsides to getting good friends with artists is that people is effective are usually unframed.  You are happy to get a work, but, if it’s unframed, you simply cannot hold it, and if you’re never have the time or money to get it framed, the perform will end up in a closet or below a bed.  You will subsequently discover you hesitating to invite your close friend for supper, fearing she will observe that the function is not on screen.  Which she will. Our artist pal Excitement Spector, being a prince of a fellow, has permit that cup move from us by generating guaranteed that every single work he has offered us about the years has occur framed.  As a outcome, Roberta and I are curators for what Excitement the moment explained as the country’s most significant lasting Buzz Spector exhibition.

Framed | Reagan Upshaw Fine Art
Buzz Spector Upshaw”s Auden, 2001
Selection Reagan and Roberta Upshaw

Laying aside their perform as protection for artwork, frames are important.  “A excellent frame will make a gentleman out of a rascal,” art supplier David Findlay after declared.  What constitutes a good body, although, is a matter of constantly shifting belief.  I realized a frame seller who got his begin 50 yrs in the past at a time when there was a vogue for reframing Hudson River School paintings in modest frames that have been “less gaudily Victorian.”  The supplier obtained some of his early inventory by snatching discarded 19th century frames from trash set out on Park Avenue sidewalks.  He sold them for tidy sums years later on, when collectors were being once more demanding interval frames for their paintings.

In women’s style, there are sure styles that are described as timeless.  These types obtain popularity again and again, even as their lines are tweaked by modern-day designers.  Other fashions obtain ridicule as memes on Fb with captions like, “What on earth have been they wondering?”

Frames also have their fashions.  There are common models, and there are fads. Paintings by Picasso or Botero are often exhibited in replicas of 17th century Spanish frames which set the paintings to edge and simply call to intellect their predecessors in the historical past of Spanish artwork.  On the other hand, gold strip moldings with burlap liners, well known in the 1950’s, make the paintings they encompass appear hopelessly outdated now.

When Roberta and I check out museums, we often commit as a lot time commenting on the frames as on the paintings, for they are a offer.  We a short while ago went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with our good friend Nina Foster, the daughter of artist Harold Weston, to see 1 of her father’s paintings, a wonderful Adirondack landscape.  Nina had donated cash to the museum to have the portray reframed in a reproduction of the frames Weston experienced carved by hand for his paintings when he was preparing for his initially New York exhibition in 1922.  The new body built a fantastic accompaniment to the painting, though as curator Katharine Foster observed, it raised a bit of a dilemma in the painting’s relation to will work hung close by that bore modest frames.  It’s like your neighbor fixing up his dwelling, Kathy remarked out of the blue yours seems a bit run down.

Harold Weston (1894-1972), The Elm Tree, 1922
Selection of the Philadelphia Museum of Artwork, Present of Mrs. S. Emlen Stokes 1979-13-1.
Photo courtesy Jessica Smith.

When you’re in a museum, acquire be aware of the frames as perfectly as the paintings.  What works?  What seems to be inappropriate?  Why?  We were being just lately at the Brandywine Museum, savoring a amazing exhibition of will work by Wayne Thiebaud.  I was struck by the final decision of the Wayne Thiebaud Basis, which owns quite a few of the performs on screen, to frame their oils in essence as is effective on paper.

Wayne Thiebaud. Untitled (Rows of Eyeglasses), 2000. Oil on linen. 
Wayne Thiebaud Foundation.

An oil on linen at least a few of toes significant has been framed as if it have been a 10 x 8 inch drawing.  Was the linen mat important?  To me it was distracting.  I favored the oils framed in a far more common fashion.

Wayne Thiebaud.  Boston Cremes, 1982.  Oil on canvas. 
Collection Crocker Artwork Museum.

I identified Boston Crème’s framing a lot far more helpful, strongly supporting the portray relatively than distracting from it.

Nicely, if it’s your assortment, you can body the operates as you please.  Talking of my individual assortment, I’m in the course of action of purchasing a frame for a substantial portray that was supplied to me a number of decades back by Vernon Fisher.  It was a generous reward, and I have felt a twinge of conscience from time to time over its languishing unframed and unseen.  I’m fired up at the prospect of getting it hanging in our residence.  Now the concern is exactly where.  Do I crowd the walls even far more, or do I send out anyone else’s painting to storage?  If we decide for the latter, Roberta and I will have to keep an eye on our evening meal invites thoroughly and be prepared to make a switcheroo at brief detect.  For the artist will discover his painting’s absence.  He constantly does.