Tips for cu­rat­ing

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE -

Art is per­sonal and there’s no right or wrong in taste or vis­ual ap­pear­ance. Or­ga­nize your art — orig­i­nal, posters, photos, re­pro­duc­tions or even mag­a­zine tear sheets — so that it’s pleas­ing to your eye. Here are point­ers to en­hance your col­lec­tion: B Take your time. Con­sider hang­ing a ma­jor job, and do it care­fully and de­lib­er­ately. Lay out an ar­range­ment on the ta­ble or floor in ad­vance and move the pic­tures around un­til they look best as a group. B Cre­ate group­ings like three square frames in a hor­i­zon­tal row or three rec­tan­gu­lar frames in a ver­ti­cal line on a nar­row wall along­side a door­frame. B Match the size of paint­ing to the wall space. Hang large or over­size works on the most ex­pan­sive wall and give it room to breathe — for ex­am­ple, don’t put lit­tle pieces around or near it. B Hang sim­i­lar themed work — land­scapes, still lifes, pets, fam­ily por­traits — in clus­ters. B Mark the wall with pen­cil to de­lin­eate places for each. Use a ruler or tape mea­sure to get the space be­tween works bal­anced. B Place the center of a pic­ture at eye level. B Use high-qual­ity chrome pic­ture hooks in­stead of plain nails. Hooks are an­gled and en­sure the frame lays flush against the wall. B Use a level to en­sure the

pic­tures are straight. B Step back and look at the ar­range­ment from the other side of the room to be sure it looks good.

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