Bin

DEFINITION

A container that holds and displays a number of two-dimensional works of art. It is sometimes referred to as a cradle or a browser. Each work rests upright upon its lowest edge, leaning forward or back against flat, rigid supports. The bin is open at its top, allowing a viewer to flip through the works. Although not an optimal method of exhibiting artwork, bins are often used in galleries as an economical way to present art for sale. In artists' studios and collectors' homes, bins can provide accessible storage for accumulations of 2-D works. Since works placed in bins are typically unframed (abrasion could be a problem), it is wise to works placed in bins in some way from light, dirt, and other hazards. Enclosing each in a polypropylene sleeve and a rigid, acid-free cardboard backing can provide such protection.Example: Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (French, 1815-1891), An Artist showing his Work (Les amateurs de dessin), before 1850, oak panel, 38.4 x 29.1 x 0.3 cm, Wallace Collection, London. In his studio, an artist shows drawings or prints he has been storing in a bin.Also see collection, connoisseur, flat file, portfolio, solander box, stack tray, and storeroom.

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