Art Framing of Works on Paper

200+ Drawings Restored and Re-Framed

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The environmental artist and architect Michael Singer, asked Arts Management Services to inspect and repair all of his works on paper – collage, etchings and prints.

This multi-year project involved nearly 300 works of art ranging in age from his first pieces from the early ’70’s to new works from the present. Some were in poor condition. Some had never been matted and framed before.

Museum-Quality Art Framing

Each was carefully taken apart. Frames – iron, steel and aluminum – were cleaned, reconditioned, lacquer-coated or replaced. All frames were custom-made. Special aged-iron frames were carefully cleaned of rust spots and coated with multi-layers of spray satin-finish lacquer. Frame screws now match the frame surface color and finish.

All backing that was not acid-free, foam core or blemish-free was replaced. All mats were carefully inspected and replaced when needed by 8-ply cotton rag archival museum board. This 8-ply mat was hand-cut with no over-cuts at the corners. Special bone implements were used to finish the cut edges as per standard art framing practices. Hinges were replaced.


Special archival acid-free glue was used with hand-made Japanese paper hinges. In addition to hinging at the top as is usual, sometimes the sides were also hinged when the weight of the artwork was an issue. Acid-free paper was folded into triangles and applied to the bottom corners of all artwork to protect it from damage during handling and transport, and should it ever come unhinged.

Some pieces needed to be carefully cleaned of bugs, dust and mold. The artist was consulted before the removal of any blemishes to be certain that such marks were not part of the artwork.

Fixative was re-applied to surfaces without disturbing delicate elements such as copper foil, oil stick, chalk, pencil and charcoal.

Many collage works required hand-made spacers between the mat and the plexiglass to create space and separation so that the artwork does not touch the Plexiglas surface – a particular issue for this artist whose works often involve thick layers of collage that are sometimes as much as 5/8″ thick.

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Some works were large with dimensions as much as 3′ x 8′ and weighing nearly 100 pounds.

All original museum and gallery labels on the back of each piece were carefully removed and re-affixed to the reconditioned works.

Scratched and smudged Plexiglas surfaces were cleaned and repaired or custom cut and replaced.

Finally, all artworks were recorded in detail as part of a larger project to register all of the artist’s lifetime of artwork, installations, exhibitions and sales including hundreds of drawings and sculpture.