Counting Down the Days Until Antiques & Art at the Armory

Antiques & Art_9511Antiques & Art at the Armory returns to the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, December 2nd, when more than 400 New Yorkers will celebrate its opening with a private preview and cocktail reception to benefit The American Cancer Society’s HOPE LODGE Jerome L.Greene Family Center.

One of New York’s most prominent interior designers, Richard Mishaan, serves as Creative Director for the show which runs from Thursday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 6th.

“A well-decorated home is filled with pieces of all periods and prices,” Mishaan says. “It is the mix that creates excitement.”

Formerly known as the Wendy Show, Antiques & Art at the Armory has been taking place at the Park Avenue Armory for more than 30 years. This particular December Show is in its seventh year. AVENUE acquired the shows from Wendy Management, who has acquired the company from the original owner, Clifford Nutall who founded the company in 1934. Inspired by the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, Mr. Nutall launched this antique show at the Commodore Hotel in New York City.

Organizers say the show is designed for consumers who regularly pursue the best of everything.Antiques & Art_9591 An assortment of dealers specializing in antique English and Amercian silver share the floor with dealers who showcase contemporary and vintage jewelry antique American, English and Swedish furniture, American, Asian and European porcelain, antique flags, Russian antiquities, rare books, antique rugs and objets d’art of all kinds in keeping with varying tastes and price points.

 The promoters have forged a partnership with The Royal Oak Foundation, which will provide lectures during the run of the show and whose board members and major supporters are expected at the opening. The Royal Oak Foundation, which engages Americans in the work of the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland, has granted “Timeless Design Awards” to such American patrons of design and preservation as Mario Buatta and Bunny Williams.

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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