Yasuo Minagawa, Framer Who Gave Art a Concrete Context, Dies at 69

Yasuo Minagawa Credit Dean Kaufman

Yasuo Minagawa Credit Dean Kaufman

Roberta Smith writes:

Yasuo Minagawa, a framer known for working closely with several generations of exacting New York artists while always pursuing the ideal of a “perfect frame,” died on July 4 in Manhattan. He was 69.

The photographer Jessica Craig-Martin, his stepdaughter, said that the cause was esophageal cancer.

Despite having had no formal training in frame-making, Mr. Minagawa opened a framing shop, Minagawa Art Lines, in a storefront on Kenmare Street in Lower Manhattan in 1976. He had taught himself the rudiments of his craft by taking apart and reassembling old frames.

The painter Elizabeth Murray, who required shaped frames for her shaped drawings, was his first customer. Over the years he gained the loyalty and trust of hundreds of artists, including Chuck Close, William Wegman, Jennifer Bartlett, Christian Marclay, Elizabeth Peyton and Dan Colen, as well as the estates of Roy Lichtenstein and Alice Neel.

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