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Displaying large giclee prints

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Hazany, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    We are printing oversize prints on very heavy paper (size 60x80) for an art exhibition. The client doesn't know what the best way would be to hang these on the wall. He doesn't want any kind of mounting or framing. He also doesn't want them to be behind plexiglass.
    I suggested large clips or adding extra paper above the images and putting grommets in this extra part.
    I can't think of anything else.
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  2. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    All I can say to that is "Why???"

    Clips as you have suggested or slide-on poster hangers would be the only other way of displaying them but he had better hope no-one touches them and no wind blows through the exhibition space to disturb them.

    If the customer wants these images displayed unframed they should be printed on canvas or any kind of panel with a laminate coating to protect them.
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  3. Frances M.

    Frances M. CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    About 5 years ago while visiting in Omaha I saw an exhibition of some very large photographs by a German artist who also did not want to frame. They were literally thumbtacked on the wall. I don't know who he thought wanted to pay $3000 for something so large that framing would cost a fortune.
  4. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    People get funny ideas. o_O

    They need a sky hook or some invisible pixies. :D
  5. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    The client likes the viewer to see the quality and the texture of the paper but I agree that the pictures would get damaged easily if they are not flat and secured somehow.
    It's a 2 month exhibit at a university.
  6. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    Find some magnets with holes in them and screw them to the wall and then place a magnet on the front of the paper so it attaches to the wall mounted magnet.
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  7. Lafontsee

    Lafontsee CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    This sounds like what I'd suggest. Alternatively, there is a product made by MagnArt that does something similar and you could order it off the shelf.


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  8. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thank you. I will suggest the magnets. Sounds like a good idea.
  9. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    There is a recently published book by Gwen Spicer titled "Magnetic Mounting Systems for Museums & Cultural Institutions" that would be helpful.
    There are systems used by museums that do exactly what you want. I saw a very large giclee print of a photograph mounted this way for an exhibit at our local museum.
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  10. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thanks. I looked up this book. It's $120. I guess I will have to try the magnet systems that were recommended in this thread.
    The gallery management was worried that magnets can't hold the weight of a very large giclee print.
  11. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    With enough mgnets and the stronger ones out there, I'd be more worried about getting them to let go without tearing the paper.
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  12. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

  13. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    The system I've seem used has countersunk steel plates on the walls and matching diameter magnets (they were about the size of a quarter). The magnets has a padded face so it wouldn't mar the paper, and a white plastic snap on cover. My understanding is that they are removed by sliding them off the steel plate rather than trying to lift them directly off. They were spaced about 12" apart around the perimeter of the art.

    The book on magnetic mounts is expensive. I bought my copy pre-publication and I think I spent $75.00 for it a year in advance of its release. It is incredibly technical, but I have some down time coming up and I plan on reading as much of it as I can.

    I talked with the head Preparator at the local Museum and he gets his magnets from http://www.magnet4less.com/index.ph...4NjRv1LOj1uB9MpUlLqlnlDS_Pqmp-uBoCKcAQAvD_BwE
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  14. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Wow thank you so much for all this information. I will look into these products.
  15. Hazany

    Hazany CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Where did you buy your magnets with the padded faces? from magnet4less.com?
  16. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    The padded ones came from a different source. I haven't been able to get up with the current Curator of the Museum who was the one that actually did the install on the piece in question.
    The current Preparator was only part time back then and doesn't know the source. In talking with him, he does suggest using more cylinder shaped magnets vs. thin discs so you can get a decent grip on them to remove.
  17. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Who ever said that all of an artists ideas are realistic, feasible or comply with the laws of physics?
  18. artfolio

    artfolio SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Yep, they don't let minor details get in the way of their artistic vision.

    Like the artist who brought me a long, narrow pencil sketch around 5' x 2' ,. He wanted it framed without a matt and said it was o.k. to stick it down. Snag was he had stuck two pieces of paper together with a 1" strip of paper down the middle which would leave a visible ridge. "No problem" he said "It is only stuck with Aquadhere so you can damp it and peel it off" :oops::rolleyes:

    After thinking about it he took it away to get some further advice and later told me he had found someone who could do it without sticking it down - apparently, you can just put these things in a frame and the pressure of the backing against the glass keeps them flat:rolleyes:
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