Defining Edges: A New Look at Picture Frames

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 19, 2002 - Art - 136 pages
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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.

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!'"

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