Two Popular Cures for Empty Shelves

Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Book Festival

Two upcoming events provide collectors an opportunity to expand their rare book library, and history and art lovers the opportunity to expand their literary scope.

On September 27 the National Book Auction in Ithaca, New York will be offering scarce and rare titles from a broad range of categories such as Freemasonry, Polar Exploration, New York State History, George Washington, the United States Civil War, Theology, and Author-Signed Modern Literature. The History Of Freemasonry 1896 is the top estimated lot, requiring a minimum bid of $130 and expected to sell between $100-$250.

In Baltimore September 25-27 is the 14th annual Baltimore Book Festival in Mount Vernon Place. Via Twitter we learned that the Walters Art Museum will have a booth of art books! A call to the gift shop revealed the offerings are coming from the museum as a whole, not just the gift shop. Sounds like a great opprtunity to pick up some new (and perhaps even old) items!

You can participate in the National Book Auction via, but to take part in the Baltimore Book Festival, you have to be 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 will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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