A special case of transparency, the concept of framing is widely seen in the fine arts. The idea is to create a "layer" that is physically and intellectually disconnected from the project. The meaningful juxtaposition of these two elements is often considered to be an "art form" of its own. The frames are often verbal or cultural (though physical framing has a similar effect), and convey a meaning to the audience about the value and role of the work without altering the work itself.

Social framing of art, the High/Low Art Debate, []Duchamps Urinal, Soap Boxes, Re-photographed Photos, the dissociation of "art" or "meaning" from physical complexity.

Physical framing of artwork to mark as "safe", "valuable"

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