Meet today's expert: Joseph Brentano, proprietor of Brentanos in Manhattan's Soho (121 Crosby to be exact).
Joe's knowledge of framing and the skill and artistry surrounding it amazes me, as he has been in the business for more than 30 years. So, it was no surprise on one of my trips downtown, I would stop by and see what he thinks I should do with the Albers images that are going to fill my hallway wall and the large-scale piece above my bed.
While the shop specializes in Sgraffito frames (scratching paint away to create a design), Brentano's has an enormous display of traditional and modern frames. We talked about the thickness of the frame (a thicker one for above the bed as a showstopper and thinner ones for the Albers so they almost disappear) as well as matte size and shade and glass options. It can be overwhelming but we narrowed it down. Sorry, you'll have to wait and see what I chose at the final reveals.