A Dancer’s Dilemma

Posted March 19, 2015

Peterson Picture Co. services not only retail customers but also boutique galleries throughout Chicago. We provide them with beautiful, custom frames with appropriate hanging and installation hardware for an effortlessly classic look in any exhibition.

Recently, Chelsea Culp, a Chicago based artist and curator of New Capital Projects, brought in Untitled (Isadora Duncan) by Abraham Walkowitz for framing. Chelsea wanted a hanging system (the hardware needed to hang artwork on walls) that would be easy to remove yet secure enough to allow multitudes of people to through without disturbing the artwork. Chelsea also requested that the artwork be installed in a way that there would be no gaps and the moulding would be seamless with the wall.


Artwork that is hung up with a wire system can be susceptible to imbalances of the artwork and turbulence from people walking past the artwork. This is in part due to the wire system creating a gap between the artwork and the wall where the wire lays. While appropriate installation and secure design placement can minimize these effects, they cannot always be considered in a gallery setting which accommodates the movement of many people through the space.


We installed a special “Cradle Hanging System” onto Walkowitz’s work for a gapless installation in the gallery and added security. The Cradle Hanging System uses two fasteners on either side of the back of the artwork that latches into two hooks that have been screwed into the wall.

You can see the fasteners on the left and right side of this artwork in the above photo. We take extra care to make sure that the fasteners and hooks on the wall perfectly align with one another and with the artwork to ensure a level presentation. The artwork easily slips on and off of the hooks on the wall with no gaps between the artwork and the wall.

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From the exhibition catalog:
Abraham Walkowitz (b. 1878)

Untitled (Isadora Duncan)

Watercolor and ink on paper – 1906


In his early childhood Abraham Walkowitz immigrated from Siberia to the United States.

He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City, and later drifted around the avant-garde circles of photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his 291 Gallery. Although his abstract paintings never reached the acclaim of his peers (Arthur Dove and Max Weber), his series of life sketches of the experimental modern dancer Isadora Duncan have been widely celebrated.


Having first met Duncan in the studio of Auguste Rodin, Walkowitz went on to produce approximately 5,000 drawings of her dancing in her studio between 1906 and 1913. These works celebrate Duncan’s philosophy of breaking with the past and being responsive to the present moment. In the early 1900s she was the cultural icon of the buzzed about New Woman and an obvious muse. Most of these concentrated works are now in the collections of major museums.


The existence of these works speak not only to Duncan and Walkowitz’s philosophical affinities, but to the cultural circles that organized because of place, location, and new urban density—a lifestyle increasingly unfamiliar to our digital lives.


Posted November 13, 2014

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Pancakes and Pictures – Delia’s Kitchen


Located in historic Oak Park, Delia’s Kitchen offers European inspired breakfast and lunch plates. Health conscious options including vegetarian meals and gluten free breads make Delia’s Kitchen a destination for wholesome, home cooked food. Recently, Delia’s Kitchen underwent a remodel and asked Peterson Picture Company to provide artwork that reflects their fresh fare. We wanted to draw upon the coziness of their dining room along with the soft lighting and down-home feel when selecting art.

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A Sunny Bloom (left) and Chiffon Poppy (right) accentuate the freshness of their ingredients as well as inject some springtime  happiness into the kitchen. Served alongside Eggs Benedict and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, these artworks are sure to bring sunny time vibes to Delia’s. These pieces were printed on Fine Art Paper with a modern contemporary moulding to match the existing decor.


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These abstract pieces complement the exposed brick wall as well as provide accents in bright colors getting everyone ready for their day while they eat scrumptious French Toast and Wrap Sandwiches from the kitchen. These pieces were printed on canvas which was stretched to fit a matching moulding. Wrapped canvas elevates art through its texture and color.


Visit Delia’s Kitchen for good eats and visit Peterson Picture Co. for delectable art!

Blazing New Trails in Art and Framing

Posted November 3, 2014

Hello and Welcome to Peterson Picture Company’s Blog!

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Peterson Picture Co. has skillfully served Chicagoland’s custom framing needs since 1954. At Peterson, we provide master framing services, supplied by a highly-qualified and experienced professional team of designers and production artisans. Our individualized approach to customer service is coupled with the resources of one of the largest custom framing resources in the Midwest, which provides you with the best selection, quality, and price.

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