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Custom Shadowbox Frames for Two John Baldessari Lithographs

Posted on October 12, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

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“I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex” - John Baldessari


We recently had the opportunity to custom frame two stunning and thought-provoking lithographs by the American conceptual artist John Baldessari. At Frames and Stretchers, we are honored to partner with collectors, artists and galleries to offer the best museum quality custom picture framing, canvas stretching, and fine art conservation and installation services in New York City, Miami, and New Haven CT. 

To frame these historic lithographs, each artwork was floated on museum board using archival Japanese paper hinging. This archival technique allows conservationists to safely and securely mount a print to a matboard or museum board using 100% acid-free archival materials. The custom hinging process is completely reversible also so you can change the frame or remove the print if you wished for a different style of framing in the future.

A classic and contemporary gallery black hardwood frame was chosen to highlight the vibrant colors and filmic textures of these gorgeous lithographs by Baldessari. The first piece is titled “Two Opponents (Blue and Yellow)” made by Baldessari in 2004 as part of a limited edition on 164 signed lithographs on Rives BFK wove paper.


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Details of John Baldessari's Lithograph "Two Opponents (Blue and Yellow)" custom float mounted with Japanese rice paper hinging and a gallery black hardwood shadowbox frame


We framed this work using a float mount on warm white acid free museum board, with foamcore spacers and shadowbox museum glass that is 99% UV Protective and anti-reflective. A 2” margin on the museum board with Japanese paper hinging gives this framing design a breathable and balanced border, enhancing the edges and artist signature on the piece.


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Frames and Stretchers Created the Best Custom Shadowbox Frames in Gallery Black Hardwood for John Baldessari Lithograph, from "Hands and Feet" 2017 series

One of the most rewarding parts of working in custom and conservation framing is the ability to work one on one with clients to create beautiful esthetic framing with the highest quality conservation to keep artwork protected and enhanced for generations to come.


Take an inside look in our NYC studio to see how we created these custom shadbowbox floater frames for two John Baldessari Lithographs!


For any questions about framing options for your artwork or collection, one of our experts would be happy to speak with you about your project. Please feel free to view some of our 5 Star Reviews for hearing more of our clients trusted experiences working with us for the best conservation framing and canvas stretching with studios in New York City, New Haven, and Miami.


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The final results of custom framing stunning lithography by John Baldessari


All of our frames and stretchers can be made fully customizable to exactly your artwork’s dimensions as well as your framing goals and wishes. At Frames and Stretchers we also provide fine art shipping logistics for US and International travel, custom-fitted art crates, and our Art Delivery Van with a team of professional framers and art handlers at your service for on-site installation and delivery.

Any further questions about our custom picture framing, canvas stretching and installation services? We would love to connect and hear from you. Please feel free to Contact Us Here give us a call at 347-705-0081. We also have the option to book a free Video Consultation with one of our team members, who will be happy to provide recommendations and answer any questions relating to your next custom framing or stretching project.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in #Frames and Stretches, archival framing, Art conservation, Art on Paper, Conceptual Art, Floater frames, Japanese paper, John Baldessari, Lithography, Lower East Side, modern art, shadowbox frame

Custom Picture Framing for Mr. Brainwash Using Float Mount Technique

Posted on July 31, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

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Our team created this custom floater frame for Mr. Brainwash Artwork


One of our latest projects we loved was getting to build the best custom picture frame for this Mr. Brainwash piece for a collector in New York City. At our Frames and Stretchers studios in NYC, New Haven and Miami, conservation of artwork is our highest priority. All the materials we use are 100% archival, with many options available for customizing picture framing and canvas stretching exactly to our client’s wishes.

We love working one on one with artists and collectors to build the highest quality canvas stretchers and custom picture frames that will enhance and protect your artwork’s longevity for many years to come.


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Our expert craftsman fitting this artwork for custom hinging and rice paper mounting, to ensure the best archival conservation for an artwork by Mr. Brainwash


When investing in fine art, the importance of UV-Protective Museum Glass or Optium Museum Plexiglass and archival picture framing will add value to your piece by making sure the artworks will retain their integrity, color, and shape and be protected from damage that can occur with environmental affects, sunlight, dust and transportation.

Any of our extensive selections of custom picture frames in New York City including welded steel, plexiglass, wood and metal can be custom made to suit each artwork’s dimensions, tones, and framing goals. Come visit our studio in the vibrant art community of The Clemente Building, Suite 303 107 Suffolk Street—one of our framing experts will be happy to speak with you about your project and show you the beautiful collection of framing options we have available, or give us a call at 347-705-0081 for a quote.

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Every detail counts: Your artwork will be in trusted hands with the highest quality 100% Archival Picture Framing in NYC, New Haven and Miami


To create this custom picture frame for this Mr. Brainwash piece, we floated the artwork using Japanese paper and rice paste Float mounting techniques, which ensures the stability of the work will endure beautifully over time. For custom framing a larger artwork such as this one by Mr. Brainwash, three different types of hinging were used including pull through and V-hinging to allow the raw edges of the artwork to appear floating on mattboard inside a closed corner shadowbox frame.


As the artwork was painted with layers of collage, mixed media, cartoons and cardboard, our client wanted to see the piece floated, where the edges of the artwork are exposed for a beautiful and clean finish. Check out our process to create this framing finish using Japanese rice paper mounting techniques!


Take an inside look at the Frames and Stretchers Studio as we build this custom shadowbox frame with Japanese rice paper mounting for a Mr. Brainwash artwork!


We build all of our projects in-house with 100% archival materials. All of our projects are handled with the greatest care to prioritize the conservation of your artwork and to make sure our clients will be fully satisfied and wowed with our custom picture framing results.


For any further questions about how we can assist with canvas stretching, photo printing, art crating, and custom picture framing services we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to us for any of your framing needs, or view our 5 star reviews to see how Frames and Stretchers in NYC, New Haven and Miami is leading the way for innovative, engineered and beautiful custom picture framing projects.

Contact Us Here today or call 347-705-0081 to speak with one of our representatives about your project—We look forward to speaking with you!

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