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3 Warhol Prints Get Frames and Stretchers Treatment

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Andy Warhol Queen Beatrix Netherlands
Warhol's Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands reframed in our studio

Andy Warhol is the undisputed master of Pop Art and Frames and Stretchers recently had the opportunity to frame 3 works by the superstar artist. His portrait of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is in his signature silkscreen portrait style. The other two are a pair of his later abstracts. All three came from collectors who had them previously framed. The royal portrait was a simple matter of re-hinging and reassembling the frame. The abstracts, however, offered the opportunity for us to design a stunning steel frame. Each piece was hinged on archival cotton rag mat board and the abstract pieces were protected behind Optium Museum Plexiglass.

Andy Warhol abstract print custom steel frameOne of the abstract prints framed and a detail of the steel molding with detail

Warhol began his career in commercial art during the 1950s and this likely contributed to his interest in popular culture. Along with his famous soup cans and Brillo boxes, he screen printed numerous celebrity portraits. Some of the most famous include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Chairman Moa. The piece we worked on is from a signed edition and part of his "Reigning Queens" series created in 1985. The others in the series are Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. A collector who's recently moved to New York from the Netherlands asked us to refresh this piece that was originally framed in the UK. 

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The two abstract prints installed by Art Delivery Van

During the 80s Warhol also produced a group of abstract screen prints. Although not quite as iconic as his pop art portraits they demonstrate the artist's diversity. Many of these works were included in the recent Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. After we framed this pair of prints in custom brushed steel frames we entrusted them to our partners at Art Delivery Van. The team then transported and installed them in the happy collector's home.

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Frames and Stretchers Celebrates 4 Years During Clemente Open Studios!

Posted on May 09, 2019 by Alison Pierz



Frames and Stretchers is celebrating our 4th Anniversary and we hope you'll join us! We'll also be hosting our Community Talent Showcase featuring actor and artist Gilberto Diaz Flores.
 
Our celebration will take place at our Lower East Side location during the Clemente's annual "Open Doors Open Studios", 

Dates:
Friday, May 31st from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Clemente Open Studios 2019
 
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its 23rd annual building-wide Visual & Performing Arts event, "Open Doors Open Studios", on Friday, May 31st from 6:00 - 9:00pm and Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 - 8:00pm. This year’s event will feature five floors of visual and performance art plus theater, film, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.
 
Come see work by Frames and Stretchers team members Erick Sanchez, Miguel Trelles and Xolo Cantillo and much, much more!
 
Please join us!

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Gondek's Deconstructive Pop Art Pops in Acrylic Colors!

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Artist Matt Gondek‘s Deconstructive Pop Art style provided the perfect inspiration for these two acrylic frames so we got right to work! Frames and Stretchers currently has the technology to design unique acrylic moldings in a variety of shapes, colors, finishes, and patterns and the bold color fields and patterns in these images suggested the looks. 

Gondek The Simpsons Acrylic frame street artTwo comic inspired works by Matt Gondek in our acrylic frames

The pieces we framed are "Miami Panther" and "Nuclear Family". The first depicts a reclining Pink Panther character on a yellow sofa smoking under a palm tree. We worked with the turquoise of the tree and the panther's pink. Because we have the ability to add patterns we employed an abstract floral that echos the stylized smoke rings. "Nuclear Family" is a portrait of an exploding Simpson family. The yellow of the Simpsons and turquoise accent suggested the colors. Radiating yellow lines echo the composition's explosion. All of our acrylics can be produced with either a clear or frosted finish and we chose clear to highlight the richness of the color in the silkscreen prints. 

Gondek Contemporary art acrylic frameUp close corner views showing the details of the frames.

Matt Gondek is a Pittsburgh native who currently works out of Los Angeles. A self-taught artist, he began creating comic book style compositions at an early age. A stint as a graphic designer for a clothing company led to his briefly owning his own boutique. Gondek's signature style of deconstructed pop culture icons developed from an initial exploding Mickey Mouse drawing. His work can be viewed as street murals and on gallery walls and is represented in Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. He's also represented in collections in Sweden, Germany, Paris, Canada, and Brazil.

Posted in Acrylic Frames, Gondek, Gondek Pop Art

We're Offering You Complimentary Tickets to The Other Art Fair Brooklyn!

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers and Art Delivery Van are once again partnering and participating at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn. We're providing expert packaging, white glove delivery, and museum quality framing for your art fair finds! Take advantage of this complimentary VIP ticket which provides you entry to the fair all weekend, Thursday May 2 - Sunday, May 5th.

The Other Art Fair BrooklynCheck out the vibes of the art and crowd at TOAF!

This is our second appearance at this highly popular fair where artists represent themselves and meet directly with the public. Presented by the internationally renowned Saatchi Art, TOAF is a must see for any art lover! See130 talented independent and emerging artists with artworks at affordable and accessible prices, each carefully selected by a committee of art world experts.

 

While visiting the show at The Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, drop by our booth and say Hi! We'de love to talk to you about what we do!

Our team Erick, Gabriel and Miguel at TOAF this past fall. 

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Repairing the Damage: Our Master Conservator Puts an Heirloom Back Together

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Water painting seascape gilded frame art restoration
The fully restored painting and frame

In need of art restoration? We've got you covered. Imagine you've got a precious family heirloom, that becomes horribly damaged. That happened to this beautiful seascape which a client brought to us with an extremely large tear in it. Fortunately we were able to reassure them that we could make it good as new!

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The large tear through the center of the painting prior to restoration

The Frames and Stretchers team has a master art conservator on hand. Like all of our craftspeople, Julia Rivera is an amazingly talented artist in her own right. But we use her talent to help restore artworks to their former glory. Julia is a Bronx born New York native who studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico. She also received her MA in 17th century painting and restoration at the Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy. Her art has been exhibited widely and is included in numerous international collections. 
Julia's impressive credentials include having worked in art conservation and restoration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So we knew we could count on her to fix this problem. 

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Conservator Julia Rivera working on the unstretched canvas

Luckily the torn out piece of canvas was available for her to reattach to the rest of the painting. After adhering it with an archival adhesive she then had to painstakingly paint back in the areas along the seam and achieve a perfect match! Once that was done a fresh piece of canvas was attached to the back to create a seamless finish. Meanwhile, other members of our team worked on repairing minor damage to the ornately carved gold frame. The final step was refitting the painting in its original frame. The end result was fantastic and the client was overjoyed!

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Miguel Trelles and EFS Designs, Brooklyn Collaborate on “Humanista del Año 2018” Print

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Dr. Margarita Benítez, Director of "La Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades", San Juan, Puerto Rico, recently asked Frames and Stretchers Co-Founder Miguel Trelles to create a silkscreen homage to the recipient of the “Humanista del Año 2018” (2018 Humanist of the Year) award, Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández Badillo.


The framed print "Humanist of the Year" at the Frames and Stretcher's studio

For the past 38 years, Dr. Hernández Badillo has been an extraordinary presence in Puerto Rico’s cultural scene, assiduously contributing weekly book reviews, feature articles and “perspectivas” to the island’s largest newspaper El Nuevo Día. Dr. Hernández, El Día’s literary critic, has also published several books, among them the seminal Puerto Rican Voices in English, addressing key figures of the Nuyorican literary movement.

Silkscreen printing team
Master printer Fernando Suárez, left along with Trelles and the printmaking team

Trelles printed the "Humanist of the Year" silkscreen edition honoring his Mother Carmen at the workshop of EFS Designs Inc. Run by master printer Fernando Suárez, EFS specializes in high end fabric silkscreen printing. EFS and Frames and Stretchers Factory share building space in Smith Street, Gowanus. This collaboration was especially meaningful to both Suarez and Trelles as they both attended Boricua College many years ago, Suarez as a student and Trelles a facilitator.

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Frames and Stretchers is About to Wow TriBeca at NYA Gallery!

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers is expanding! We're ready to open our third location in the exciting Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. Our newest showroom will be part of the downtown art hub NYA Gallery / newyorkart.com and will be located at 7 Franklin Place.

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The entrance to NYA Gallery

NYA Gallery / newyorkart.com started 8 years ago as an iPhone APP and is now an international artist hub and website for promoting artists from around the world and exposing them to the world. Newyorkart.com will make its physical debut as part of the NYC art scene in early spring with a massive 9000 Sq. Ft, 3 Level Arts center in the middle of TriBeCa at the corner of 7 Franklin Place and 373 Broadway. The space will include 20 artist's studios, art (and wine!) storage space, and a second gallery, Gallery 104 - founded by artist Shane Townley. We are really excited to join this amazing community!

The grand opening for the center will coincide with New York Armory Week 2019 and take place on March 7 from 6-9 pm. The event features DJs, wine tasting, catered food and of course, artwork from 100 Local, National and International Artists. Come meet, mingle and check out this awesome facility!

NYA Galery TriBeca Buildout
Building out the studio spaces at 373 Broadway

Frames and Stretchers will be providing all of our regular services from this new location. A full selection of frame molding and materials samples will be available and NYA Gallery's professional staff will be on hand to guide you through the design process. You can also procure our stretcher, crating and logistics services there as well. See you downtown !!

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