Picture perfect: the frame as an extension of the art

by leslierankowfinearts

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A SYNERGY OF TECHNICAL PRECISION AND  STRICT MINIMALIST SENSIBILITY SERVES MINAGAWA ART LINES WELL. LOCATED IN CHELSEA CLOSE TO THE GALLERIES IT SERVES,  AT 210 ELEVENTH AVENUE,  SUITE 402, (Tel.  212-242-8088, email:  office@minagawaartlines.com, MINAGAWA ART LINES, TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE NATURE OF THE WORK OF ART TO BE FRAMED, THE APPROPRIATE TYPE OF GLAZING, THE PROPER  SUPPORT AND  CORRECT SPACING BETWEEN FRAME AND ARTWORK, AND EMBELLISHES THESE PRACTICAL  CONSIDERATIONS WITH A FLAWLESS  PROFILE  AND FINISH FOR EACH WORK.

YASUO MINAGAWA HAS DEVELOPED AND REFINED BEAUTIFUL STAINS AND LACQUERS FOR THE SIMPLE PROFILES AND IS KNOWN FOR HIS HANDMADE PAINTS CUSTOMIZED BY ADDING PIGMENT TO THE STAIN BASES.  THE PROCESS OF SANDING EACH COAT, SOMETIMES AS MANY AS TEN LAYERS, WITH A CAREFUL DRYING PROCESS BETWEEN EACH, FURTHER ENHANCES THE QUALITY AND PRECISION OF THE WORKS.  ABOVE ALL IS THE INTANGIBLE  ELEMENT –  YASUO’S  EXPERIENCE OF MANY YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH ARTISTS, COLLECTORS AND DEALERS AND AN AESTHETIC SENSIBILITY THAT GRAVITATES TO EXACTLY THE RIGHT CHOICE.  IT ALL LOOKS VERY SIMPLE, JUST AS IT SHOULD, BUT THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF YASUO AND HIS STAFF , WE HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF ALL THE STEPS AND CONSIDERATIONS INVOLVED.

YASUO, THANKS SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING OUR CONVERSATION…

WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS WAYS TO GLAZE A WORK AND WHAT CONSIDERATIONS MUST YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT?

Glass is less popular these days because art travels more than ever, and glass can shatter. Acrylic glazing is preferred. Acrylic is also lighter, weight-wise. Non-glare acrylic is getting very popular these days.

HOW FRAGILE ARE WORKS ON PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHY AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGES IN COLOR AND CONDITION? HOW DO YOU SAFEGUARD THE ORIGINAL CONDITION OF THESE WORKS?

Acid free materials and UV protective glazing in frames are very basic necessities but never perfect for protecting artwork from direct sun light, heat and/or humidity. Controlling the environment is the most necessary safeguard.

FRAMES HAVE “FASHION” CYCLES DICTATED BY TASTE, AND I SHOULD IMAGINE, DICTATED BY THE NATURE OF THE WORK THAT IS BEING PRODUCED. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE SOME OF THE CYCLES OF FRAMING, SUCH AS METAL FRAMES, LUCITE, VERSUS WOOD?

The size of artwork seems to have a trend according to the economy. the art grows bigger when times are good. The framer Robert Kulicke  made metal frames very popular in the 1960s. I use them because they are a durable material.

I WOULD ASSUME YOUR PRIMARY CONCERNS IN FRAMING A WORK ARE TWO-FOLD: PROTECTION OF THE WORK OF ART AND AESTHETIC

ENHANCEMENT.  ARE THESE THE CRITERIA? WHICH IS A PRIORITY? WHAT ARE ANY OTHERS?

A strong structure for the frame comes first, then aesthetic decisions with the knowledge of the artwork.

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IN AN EPONYMOUS BUSINESS, HOW WILL MINAGAWA ART LINES CONTINUE IF YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND LESS TIME BEING INVOLVED?

Never thought about this.

WHAT DIRECTION WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FRAMING EXPLORE IN THE FUTURE?

Lightweight and stronger materials would improve frames greatly.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ART OF FRAMING.

PHILANTHROPY TAKES MANY FORMS, SOME INSTITUTIONAL SUCH AS DONOR GIFTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS, BUT OTHERS  ARE  MORE PERSONAL, IN WHICH THE PHILANTHROPIST  INITIATES A PROGRAM TO BENEFIT A CAUSE NEAR AND DEAR TO HIS OR HER HEART.  ARTFIELDS, FOUNDED IN 2013 IN LAKE CITY, SOUTH CAROLINA, CONCEIVED AND ESTABLISHED BY DARLA MOORE, A NATIVE OF THE TOWN AND GREAT ADVOCATE FOR THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,  IS SUCH A PROJECT.  FOR ITS ENTIRE HISTORY, LAKE CITY HAS BEEN A CROSSROAD FOR SOUTH CAROLINA AND A VITAL HUB FOR ITS AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. IN CELEBRATION OF ITS HISTORY AND TO BOOST THE PUBLIC’S AWARENESS OF THE RICHNESS OF ARTISTIC TALENT AND CULTURE  OF THE SOUTH, ARTFIELDS HELD ITS FIRST TEN-DAY ART FEST IN LAKE CITY,  IN APRIL 2013. THE ATTENDANCE WAS OUTSTANDING AND THE EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS!

IN OUR NEXT BLOG, DARLA MOORE AND THE DEDICATED TEAM OF ARTFIELDS’ STAFF AND ADVISORS WILL SHARE THE DETAILS OF THIS UNIQUE AND STELLAR UNDERTAKING.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, THEY ARE VERY WELCOME, PLEASE CONTRIBUTE!