Turn Left, What’s Hot and More on Buying Antiques

What's Hot? Judith Miller says Anything Arts and Crafts
What's Hot? Judith Miller says Anything Arts and Crafts

Turn left as you go into an antiques show, buy single chairs and it’s a wonderful time to buy Victorian. This is just some of the opinion, advice and commentary given in a telephone interview with Judith Miller and News-Observer reporter Samantha Thompson.

Miller also said to buy antiques, you need a trained eye. “Getting your eye in is very important with antiques. You need to go to auctions, go to museums, where you can actually spot something. People have been faking for a long time. You need to shop from a recognizable dealer. Go to a good auction house.”

Where are good places to buy antiques? Miller mentions by name New Hope, Pa; Freeman’s Auctions, Philadelphia in general. What’s hot, Stickley, Rookwood and anything Arts and Crafts. Read the entire article.

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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