Affordable Art, Affordable Art Books

At the Met: Art Book Sale
At the Met: Art Book Sale

I’ll draw attention to two events currently ongoing in Manhattan, both of which focus on saving money.

The first is the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) in Midtown (34th Street) near the Empire State Building. From their web site, “AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America.”

Admission is only somewhat affordable at $20, but a $5 discount is available from the web site.

The second event is an art book sale at the Met. It’s on the second floor, so don’t wonder into the main gift shop and find yourself bewildered. There are more than 150 titles, all Museum classics-from exhibition catalogues, to picture books and books about the collection-all published by the Metropolitan Museum.

Both events run through May 10th.

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 will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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