Why Buy Now?

This weekend, don’t miss “Antiques – A Silver Lining in The Storm” Sat., Oct. 25 @ 2p.m. at the Gramercy Antiques Show. A show walk-through and talk on the financial benefits of buying antiques in uncertain times with Helaine Fendelman, Hearst Publishing Columnist, Estate Advisor, Author & Collector. Helaine will point out collecting trends and good values that can be found right at the show. http://preview.tinyurl.com/5pfjev

Also, maybe times aren’t so tough yet in Chicago, the second annual Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fall Fair reported it brought more than 100 dealers and thousands of visitors to The Merchandise Mart, Chicago from Oct. 3 – 6, 2008. Its success once again designated the show as one of the premier antiques fairs in the country.

“Both participation and attendance of the Antiques Fair was very strong,” said Joan Ulrich, senior vice president of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. “Even in this turbulent economy, many of the dealers had a great show, which shows the value and allure of high-quality antiques.” The Fall Antiques Fair began with a Preview Party on Oct. 2, benefiting the Lincoln Park Zoo. “People from throughout the community attended and everyone showed their over whelming support for the zoo and the Antiques Fair.” said Marty Peterson, 2008 Merchandise Mart Preview Party event chair.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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