• Title: The Gilded Edge: The Art of the Frame
  • Author: Eli Wilner
  • Released: 2000-09-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 204
  • ISBN: 081182070X
  • ISBN13: 978-0811820707
  • ASIN: 081182070X
From Publishers Weekly It's a frame-up! New York frame dealer and restorer Wilner has compiled an elegant and substantial book of words and images about the history and aesthetics of the rectangular things that go around paintings, with a tight focus on American art. Though often neglected by professional critics, frames have played many roles in shaping the look and feel of paintings, restricting or opening up the visual and cultural fields in which paintings appear. Painters like James McNeill Whistler put care and attention to making their frames themselves; designers and craftspeople from other media, like the architect Stanford White, also created significant picture frames. After a quick introduction by Wilner himself, 10 essaysAby curators, academic art historians and practicing framersAintroduce readers to picture frames' past and their present; 175 plates (many in color) show, sometimes just frames, sometimes paintings in frames, and make the book a pleasure to leaf through. Framer Suzanne Smeaton discusses the frames designed by painters, furnishing many beautiful full-page examples: Florine Stettheimer's white-and-gold, carved-and-gilded setting for her Beauty Contest simulates curtains at a fancy theater, while Georgia O'Keeffe's scalloped metal frame for her Ram's Head sheathes the painting's loud browns in a quieter black. Princeton art historian Sally Mills's essay "From Parlors to Pueblos" shows, with examples from Remington, Church and others, how "the diversity of western frames parallels the diversity found in western paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art associate curator Carrie Rebora Barratt shows how the Met has kept track of its frames, corrected framing mistakes and gleaned information about painters' own choices, with particular attention to 19th-century realist painter Thomas Eakins. Appendixes include a glossary of frame types, terms and ornamentation. American frames became collectible in their own right, and a subject of special art historical attention, only about 20 years ago: this hefty and attractive volume shows how far the study of frames has already come. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal This beautifully produced and richly illustrated volume provides a useful and highly interesting survey of frames in America for more than 200 years. Wilner, whose company specializes in antique American frames, has compiled ten chapters written by scholars, museum curators, and collectors, among others. Various chapters cover frames designed by artists, frames designed by Stanford White, and frames of the American West between 1855 and 1925. Nancy Rivard Shaw presents a fascinating discussion of frames that have been separated from their original "occupants," were never meant for the paintings that presently occupy them, or were reunited with the original paintings. Carrie Rebora Barratt's chapter on frames in the Metropolitan Museum of Art contains some exquisite photographs that will inspire the reader to examine frames as well as pictures on his or her next trips to a museum. An index would have been helpful, but the bibliography and glossary (covering basic framing terms, techniques, construction, and frame types) are most welcome. The ornament section and the line drawings accompanying the latter section are clear and very informative. A book for every academic and public library.DMartin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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