Bring Back the Antiques

1937 New York Times Advertisement
1937 New York Times Advertisement

 I was searching through a 1937 edition of the New York Times this afternoon when I came across an ad for antique furniture.

“Antique furniture?”

 “In the New York Times?”

An oddity for sure. An ad in a major newspaper today would be one of the last ways an antiques dealer would try to sell furniture.

I had just seen a few pages before an ad for new furniture and almost hit the print button on a Federal-looking sofa. I point here here, if there is one beyond simple observation, is that the use of antiques in home furnishings needs to be promoted.

But what could propel antique collecting to the status it had in 1937? If the Presidential puppy dog is any indication, perhaps an enterprising dealer could interest the Obama’s in adding a chair, clock or sofa to the White House collection… and if the dog took a liking to it, well you can imagine how we could build from there.

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.

1 comments

Problem is that the major corporations are all over the advertising in major publications like NYT. How is something like antique furniture even gonna get a look in, is there any chance they can match the spending budgets of the IBMs and Apples of the world

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