Oversized Art, Plus A Few Tangent Notes

Oversized Art, Plus A Few Tangent Notes

By Zisi Naimark

One of the best current design trends is hanging oversized art. Actually, I’m not sure why this is being labeled a “trend,” and not just “people catching on to the way they should have been hanging art in the first place.” Look back exactly 77 articles ago, and you will find me barking on about hanging art that properly fits a wall; in other words, LARGE.

Unless you live in a refrigerator box. No, feeling like you live in a refrigerator box due to all the useless junk you have lying around does not count. Do you live in a refrigerator box? If yes, please turn to one of the rabbis and/or therapists who write for this esteemed publication. They can no doubt offer more help than I. Seriously, art will not help the inside of a refrigerator box.

This is on my mind primarily due to the recent delivery of my new refrigerator, and the inherent weeping that such a delivery will trigger. I am only partially joking; such a delivery is around 1/30th as stressful as the kind of delivery that requires a spinal tap. The comparisons abound. Both operations require praying, maneuvering, and painkillers. Both lead to endless retellings of the traumatic tale. In these retellings, you find out who your true friends are: they’re the ones who tolerate the 12th edition of “How I Got My Fridge/Baby Delivered.”

Of course, I also find out who my true readers are. They’re the ones who tolerate me treating this article like a public diary. I promise you oversized art, and I go on about delivering an oversized refrigerator! Then again, I know for a fact that at least two other regular columnists treat their space like a public diary. No one seems to mind. They may even enjoy it. Tell me, o ye faithful reader, is a traumatic delivery of any kind more or less relatable than musings over properly sized wall art? You can live with improper wall art. You cannot live with an improperly installed fridge. And please do not email me if you think I am wrong. I do not need to hear the tale of a fine Yerushalmi family who paid for an orphan’s dental work rather than buy a new fridge. Or the Yemenites who did without, and subsisted on a diet of freshly cooked food and brightly shining faith. Do not regale me with the account of the holy woman who cooked for half an army out of a primitive kitchen with a kerosene-powered double burner and an icebox. I have no doubt that Isha HaShunamis ran an efficient kitchen sans refrigerator. And here I am, unable to even run an efficient article sans refrigerator. Pathetic, perhaps, but the comparative women supplied by Tanach are on a level that defies competition.



There are many ways to go about this. My neighbor Shira Dori hangs her own artwork on the wall, and it is both well-sized and beautiful. Shira takes many pictures that are on 8.5” x 11” paper and groups them together. This creates the same good effect as hanging oversized art.

You, too, may buy a prepped and stretched canvas online and create your own art. With abstraction being so well-accepted, you need not fear the end results. Everything is hangable these days. Really, there is no need to spend $500 at Arhaus for an item like this. Shira could certainly make it herself. And she’s 10.

Yes, it really is $500.

Less-expensive items are available for all tastes at art.com. Sign up for their emails and then wait until they are 60-70 percent off. This happens around twice a month. These classic images are available in many frames and sizes:

Grandin Road has a small but well-curated selection of wall art, including these adorable birdies:

Museum posters are cheap and tasteful. The framing will raise the price, though. I recommend the reasonably priced and professional service at Amity Studio on Main Street (and they are not paying me to say this). Amity has a wide selection of frame colors and styles that can match any art print. I have three posters from The Tenement Museum that I plan to frame there. Pictures to follow, im yirtzeh Hashem. This framed Rothko is $200 from the MoMA gift shop – an excellent place for a wide variety of items, including gifts.

There are many places to buy more serious original artworks online. These rise in value together with the inflation rate, unless the artist happens to become famous. In that case, the value rises absurdly. Anyone interested in buying investment-quality artworks should work together with a dealer or tastemaker they trust. Even if your intention is just to diversify your portfolio (and if you are rolling your eyes reading that line, well, so am I), you should still end up with an artwork that you enjoy for its own sake.

Zisi Naimark holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The New York School of Interior Design and has been working for professional design firms since 2012.  She lives in Kew Gardens Hills, where she is tolerated by her husband and sons.  She can be reached at zisinaimark@icloud.com.



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