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Defining Edges: A New Look at Picture Frames

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Publisher Comments:

The choice of a frame affects the way we view a work of art multiple ways, even when we are not aware of it. In this stimulating and truly original book, W.H. Bailey, an artist, designer, and frame consultant, shows how the frame is a vital part of viewing pictures and integral to their presentation. He shatters preconceived notions of borders and changes the way we see and understand art.<P>Bailey examines 56 paintings — including some well-known masterpieces — to explore how their frames, many designed by the artists themselves, relate to the pictures they surround. As The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik says in his foreword: "Bailey views the act of framing not as a decorative act but as a meaningful one ... a vindication of the purely visual, of seeing as a form of thought. A frame can be like a superior detective, come to force the picture to confess its real intentions, saying, as detectives will: 'Come out, come out! You're surrounded!'"

Book News Annotation:

Bailey (design, Parsons School of Design, New York City) has written entries to a catalog of notable frames on a wide selection of paintings, including medieval altarpieces and works by Renaissance, American, Impressionist, Pop, Japanese, and modern artists. The story behind each work's creation is given, with attention to the decorative function served by the frame. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. Unfortunately, neither the locations of the paintings nor their dimensions are included. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 133) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810944893
Subtitle:
A New Look at Picture Frames
Foreword:
Bailey, W. H.
Author:
Bailey, W. H.
Author:
Gopnik, Adam
Publisher:
HNA Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Framing
Subject:
Picture frames and framing
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
9.33x9.31x.88 in. 2.00 lbs.

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