Warhol Meets Punk and Gets Rock Star Treatment

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Erick Rios

A recent project at Frames and Stretchers involved the intersection of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the 70s downtown punk scene. We had the opportunity to frame an original Jon Pellicoro, “Andy Warhol” hand grenade. The unique and edgy graphic work was given a high-end treatment befitting a museum quality piece. We built a beautiful closed corner maple frame gilded with 22K gold. The grenade was hinged using Japanese paper and rice paste and mounted behind Optium museum acrylic.

Andy Warhol Jon Pellicoro punk rock hand grenade print

Jon Pellicoro's Andy Warhol inspired hand grenade

Pellicoro was the drummer for the short-lived band the Handgrenades who hailed from Long Island and played Bowery circuit venues like Max’s and CBGB’s. He and band mate Bob Kern have been described as “mordant provocateurs, and good ones at that”. * It was Pellicoro who produced the grenades.

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Doing conservation work on the grenade print

closed corner frame 22K gold leaf gilding

Details of the closed corner frame and 22K gold leaf

As a professional graphic artist who worked for the East Village Eye and was a partner in the design firm Grafix Multimedia, Pellicoro had the skills to experiment with unusual advertising gimmicks to promote the band. After a trip to the Factory he got the idea to produce a number of Warhol “inspired” hand grenades to pitch the band's 1979 single Demo to London. These grenade cutouts bore the name of the band and song as well as a “replica” Andy Warhol signature. Many storeowners thought the artworks were authentic Warhols and some were stolen. Some found the grenades to be a clever gimmick, while others were less than amused. Kern says they even tried to provoke Andy himself, “We also put one in Warhol's elevator, we posted them in the elevator of the Factory, and we sent them up to the third floor and walked off.”* Apparently Warhol verbally threatened to sue them, but nothing ever came of it.

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The former promotional material in it's beautiful new frame

Now the grenades are a piece of urban folklore and it seems appropriate to have the opportunity to help preserve such a great piece of NYC history here at our LES location!



Posted in Andy Warhol, clemente building, Closed corner frame, custom frame, gilding, hand grenade, Jon Pellicoro, Lower East Side, Pop Art, Punk Rock

Framing Masters of Modern Art from "The Peace Portfolio"

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Erick Rios

Adolph Gottlieb's framed 1970 lithograph from the "Peace Portfolio"

The Frames and Stretchers team is thrilled to continue our ongoing association with the Ford Foundation. We recently had the pleasure of framing a complete set of The Peace Portfolio prints for their collection. We honored these masterpieces of Modern Art with custom framing using black hardwood maple molding. All 12 of the artworks were floated on museum mat boards using traditional Japanese paper hinges and rice paste and high grade UV protective plexi.

The Peace Portfolio is a set of vintage lithograph and screen prints originally published by the Academic and Professional Action Committee for a Responsible Congress. According to the artnet auction listing, the original purpose of the portfolio was to,"raise money for ‘the politics of peace,’ and proceeds were distributed to candidates in the 1970 election committed to ending the Vietnam War and for the return of social and racial justice in the United States.”

Peace Portfolio Robert Rauschenberg Saul Steinberg 

Stascia with framed works by Robert Rauschenberg and Saul Steinberg from the "Peace Portfolio"

This amazing collection of artworks resonates with relevance in today’s current political climate, but features works from significant twentieth century artists including: Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, and Saul Steinberg among others. Gottlieb, Krasner and Motherwell are stellar examples of American Abstract Expressionism (AbEx) with connections to the New York School while Rauchenberg represents a link between AbEx and the later Pop Art movement. Steinberg, a cartoonist and illustrator whose was often featured in The New Yorker, adds an example of figurative illustration to this impressive collection. Rounding out the set of 12 original graphics are works by: Allan D’Arcangelo, Herbert Ferber, William Stanley Hayter, George Ortman, Estaban Vicente and Larry Zox. Prints from the portfolio are represented in numerous museum collections. 

 Peace Portfolio George Ortman Lithograph

Antonio with George Ortman's lithograph, "Peace"

Frames and Stretcher is grateful to the Ford Foundation for their continued support and for the strength of their mission in general. The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and social justice for people from all backgrounds.

Posted in Abstract Expressionism, Adolph Gottlieb, custom framing, frames and stretchers, Lee Krasner, modern art, Pop Art, Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Saul Steinberg

Abstract Movement in the World of Alyson Butterfield

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Erick Rios

Last week we got a framing order for a large Alyson Butterfield piece and were impressed with her abstract art. Her color play and shape usage allow the viewer to make highly personalized interpretations of art. We framed this piece with a gray stained Wenge wood frame. Next we floated the piece with Japanese paper and rice paste. Since the frame design and piece were both large scale, we added a strainer and used Optium Museum Acrylic instead of Museum glass. The end result was outstanding. 

Alyson Butterfield original artwork.

Alyson's journey through creating has been an interesting one filled with multi-medium experimentation. Besides painting, she creates photographs, collages, prints, and drawings. Her career began in the Bay area where she attended California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Following graduation, she traveled throughout Europe exploring and further improving her art. Upon her return, she moved to Seattle where she taught at Cornish College of the Arts. After taking a brief break from creating, she moved to Oakland and resumed her craft. Fueled by mystery, emotion and play Alyson's works are large scale investigations of humanity through movement. 

 Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side framing an original Alyson Butterworth piece.

Alyson has exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest and the Bay over the course of her career. Currently she resides in Escondido, California and can be reached for inquiries on her website. The artwork was installed by Art Delivery Van. To keep up with our daily projects, follow us on Instagram, or stop by for a quote to see the workshop in action.

Posted in abstract art, abstract painting, Alyson Butterfield, Art Delivery Van

The Hyper-real Tech Inspired Art of Edie Nadelhaft

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Erick Rios

Edie Nadelhaft's work is fun, deep and ultimately the type of art that you take your time consuming. The Manhattan based contemporary artist is known for her oil paintings as well as her sculpture. We framed a few pieces from her "Better Living Thru Chemistry" sculpture series. The frame was built using our signature black maple, floated over museum board using rice paste and Japanese paper and finished off with museum glass for clarity. They were purchased for the Ford Foundation collection.

A Piece from Edie Nadelhaft's Better Thru Chemistry series framed at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side.

A Piece from Edie Nadelhaft's "Better Thru Chemistry" series framed at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side.

Better Thru Chemistry is a series that humorously points out correlations between social media and direct to consumer marketed pharmaceuticals . In Edie's press statement she says, "the work pokes fun at the alternately amusing and depressing correlations between the two phenomena as both are enlisted to over - simplify the human condition and expedite contentment with a familiar recipe of instant gratification and seductive packaging." Better Thru Chemistry is just one series in which Edie explores the physical world and the human experience. In her series, "Flesh" she paints extremely detailed close ups based off of digital pictures taken of her hands, palms, and lips. She focuses on how the development of technology allows us to view details that are naked to the eye through a simple cell phone. In this way, our physical humanity is both more visible and also quickly fading in favor of a more digital imprint. 

A Piece from Edie Nadelhaft's Better Thru Chemistry series framed at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side.

A piece from Edie Nadelhaft's "Better Thru Chemistry" series framed at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side.

Edie has shown her work all over the United States at many art fairs and galleries. Her most recent show was at the Lyons Weir Gallery in New York. A few others are Postcards From The Edge-William Scott Gallery,  Surface Tensions - Lyons Weir Gallery Art Miami, The New York Affordable Art Fair - Art Star, and Summer Salon with Sikkema Jenkins. To find out more about Edie's work and upcoming exhibitions, check out her website. As always, you can see all of our completed projects on our Instagram and read more in depth on the blog. 

A Piece from Edie Nadelhaft's Flesh series framed at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side.

A piece from Edie Nadelhaft's Flesh series.

Posted in custom framing, edie nadelhaft, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, nyc, techniques, tri state area

An Ethereal Gilded Frame for Rodrigo Luff's Art

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Erick Rios

Rodrigo Luff creates ethereal, nature influenced art with women and animals as central features. We recently bought a piece from Rodrigo and customized a frame to match the artwork. Due to the theme of the piece, we wanted every aspect customized to Rodrigo's artwork. It is a closed-corner, hand carved 22 carat gold gilded frame.

Rodrigo Luff original art close cornered, custom, hand carved, 24k gold carat gilded frame.

The completed frame design.

Closed corner or finished corner framing is one of the founding techniques of framing. It's an old European method that entails finishing a frame after joining the corners as opposed to before. Most modern frames are built from moldings that are pre-finished and chopped into one long length then joined. This is done to save on cost and to speed up efficiency since it is quicker. Often high end frames with carvings are closed cornered so that the patterns are symmetrical and match perfectly. Since Rodrigo's frame is hand carved, closed corners were ideal.

Close up of a Rodrigo Luff original art close corner, custom, hand carved, 24k gold carat gilded frame.

Close up of the hand carved finish on the Rodrigo Luff custom frame.

Hand carving first showed up in framing around the 12th or 13th century. It began to be used mainly in churches before becoming a feature that could be seen in art framed outside of religious use. With the progression of technology, ornate carved frames are more accessible, however hand carved works are still considered a luxury. Gilding is a technique that has a close history with carving. After the joining and carving process, gesso or an oil base is applied to the frame followed by the gold leaf powder. Viewing the completed frame with Rodrigo's artwork was a magical experience.

Original Rodrigo Luff art.

An original art piece by Rodrigo Luff.

Born in El Salvador, Rodrigo and his mother moved to Australia when he was three years old. He then went on to attended Ashton Art School in Sydney. After graduating he received multiple opportunities for solo shows in the US, so he quit his job in Australia to focus on fine art full time. Since then his career has really taken off. He co-curates the annual "The MoleSkine Project" for Spoke Gallery and is represented by ThinkSpace Art Gallery. The mission of the MoleSkine Project is to share artist notebooks from all genres with the public. He is currently based in Sydney and continues to travel the world exhibiting his art. For more info about Rodrigo, check out his website or Instagram. To view our latest framing projects follow us on Instagram or stop by for a quote. 

Original Rodrigo Luff art.

Original art by Rodrigo Luff.

Posted in custom framing, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, Moleskine Project, Rodrigo Luff, Sydney, techniques, tri state area

The Art and Animation of Juan Padrón

Posted on April 01, 2017 by Erick Rios

Frames and Stretchers would like to invite you to a special event by the Havana Film Festival New York. Teatro LATEA and The Clemente collaborated to celebrate Cuban animator Juan Padrón’s work with an art opening reception and film screenings. Juan Padrón is one of the most recognized cartoonists / storytellers in Cuban cultural history.

The art exhibit, "Juan Padrón:  From Havana to New York" is curated by Alexis Mendoza and showcases paintings and drawings from the artist's lucrative career.  

Frames and Stretchers with two framed art posters of Cuban animator and director Juan Padron's

Two completed Juan Padron posters.

Additionally, there will be two complimentary film screenings of Padrón's films at the Flamboyan Theater in the ground floor of The Clemente. The times are listed below:


Opening Reception
*show runs until 4/30/17




"Más Vampiros en La Habana/ More Vampires in Havana"

(Juan Padrón - Cuba, 2003/ Animation, 80 min.)

Free Admission, co-sponsored by Teatro LATEA




"Elpidio Valdés"

(Juan Padrón - Cuba, 1979/ Animation, 70 min.) on

Free Admission, co-sponsored by Teatro LATEA


During Juan's visit there will be a concurrent exhibit, "De Película,  Film posters from the Center for Cuban Studies". The exhibit will feature a selection of vintage posters from the archives at The Center for Cuban Studies. 

De Película includes work by Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Antonio Fernández Reboiro and Rene Azcuy Cárdenas, Jorge Dimas González, Ricardo Reymena and Julio Eloy Mesa Pérez, among others."De Película" will be on display at The Clemente's L.E.S. ground floor gallery from April 3 until April 30.  Special thanks to Juan Tamargo and Bernardo Navarro Tomas, of the Center for Cuban Studies staff.  This exhibit was curated by Miguel Trelles with Tara Ohanian.

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The Golden Firelei Baez

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Erick Rios

Firelei Baez's work is so uniquely regal that it instantly transports you to another world when you view it. Her unconventional usage of objects like hairy fur and flowers to fill familiar silhouettes creates a nostalgic environment that would otherwise not exist. We recently framed one of her massive pieces and we were amazed by her meticulous style.

Erick Rios of Frames and Stretchers with a completed Firelei Baez piece with a custom gothic gold frame.

Erick with the completed Firelei Baez. 

We floated this piece using Japanese paper hinges and rice paste over acid free museum board backing. Next we chose a custom gold gothic moulding and finished off with museum glass for the glazing. The gold and yellow tones complemented each other perfectly.

Man Without a Country (aka anthropophagist wading in the Artibonite River), 2012 by Firelei Baez.

Man Without a Country (aka anthropophagist wading in the Artibonite River) 2012

As a Dominican-American artist, Firelei does make allusions to the immigrant experience in the US. However, her otherworldly aesthetic takes center stage with an explosion of soft translucent colors, flower filled skin and full womanly bodies that carry an air of warm elegance. She creates her multi-genre pieces on paper, often mixing paint washes with hand drawn images. In an Artsy editorial, writer Jared Quinton summarizes one of her many diaspora allusions;  "Báez channels the long history of ornamentation and fashion as acts of resistance among women of the African Diaspora. She embodies this connection quite literally through her intensive artistic labor, uniting their struggles with those of today." 

Demetrea by Firelei Baez.

Demetrea, 2011

Her emphasis on vehicles of femininity and beauty are clean, moving and refreshing for the viewer. Firelei received her BFA from Cooper Union, her MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008. She had a solo show called Bloodlines at PAMM and is currently showing Bloodlines at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Recently, she also had an installation for the Future Generation Art Prize. Currently, Firelei is represented by the Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery  in New York City. To see more of her work check out her Instagram and Artsy. To see what else we're working on, follow us on Instagram or stop by the shop for a quote.

Posted in custom framing, Dominican artist, Firelei Baez, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, nyc, techniques, tri state area

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