Registrar Notes

Flat Pack Portfolios

(works on paper)

Tubes

(shipping photos)

Shadow boxes and crates

(stretched canvas, sculpture)

Hanging Systems

(display methods)

Hanging and Display Systems

Hanging Canvases

Options: 

  • Depending on the media, most canvases do no require glazing to protect them from damage as long as they are not in direct sunlight.  If the work will be near any windows, or is highly valuable, it is advisable to frame it with glazing.  Everything else an open-face float frame works very well. 

  • If framing is not in your timeline or budget, works on stretched canvas or panel can be displayed without a frame.  Very small works under 20 x 30" can use a wire or D rings.  Larger works should not have wire - only D rings or cleats.  Very large or very heavy works, or works that are required to keep super straight, require a frame and wall cleats or at least super heavy duty D rings.   D rings should be straight up, with one on each side of the canvas around 6" from the top to around 1/3 of the total height of the way down, depending on the size of the work. 

Hanging Canvases

Options: 

  • Depending on the media, most canvases do no require glazing to protect them from damage as long as they are not in direct sunlight.  If the work will be near any windows, or is highly valuable, it is advisable to frame it with glazing.  Everything else an open-face float frame works very well. 

  • If framing is not in your timeline or budget, works on stretched canvas or panel can be displayed without a frame.  Very small works under 20 x 30" can use a wire or D rings.  Larger works should not have wire - only D rings or cleats.  Very large or very heavy works, or works that are required to keep super straight, require a frame and wall cleats or at least super heavy duty D rings.   D rings should be straight up, with one on each side of the canvas around 6" from the top to around 1/3 of the total height of the way down, depending on the size of the work. 

Framing and Hanging Works on Paper

Options: 

Framing and Hanging Sculptural works

Options: 

  • For Indoor display, sculptures can sit on a pedastal base.  If safe to do so for the artwork, they should be secured either with screws or museum tack so as not to tip over.  10-31 industries in NYC has a lot of custom sculpture display solutions.  http://www.artdisplay.com/ 

  • For extra safety, the pedastal can have a plexi box cover.

  • Plexi boxes are also great for relief sculptures.