Survey Begins To Uncover Habits of Antique and Art Buyers

A new survey is looking into the perceptions and habits of antique and art buyers. Early results from the effort being undertaken by Urban Art and Antiques and show promoters Melrose & Duddy are revealing some of what’s expected, with some surprising twists.

The most popular type of show in this small sample of 32 respondents is an Antiques Show followed by an Antiques and Art show. Forty two percent of respondents attend a show for an enjoyable experience rather than with the intent of collecting or finding a specific item, but none-the-less consider themselves informed buyers. Respondents so far look to antiques for their decorative qualities rather than as investments and look for furniture, art, pottery and books in the greatest numbers.

Perhaps the most surprising answer so far where the time periods for the antiques respondents say they are seeking. Most said 1851-1900, followed by 1901-1930.

“That puts the interest heavily in the Victorian period,” said survey author Eric Miller. “Particularly in the furniture category, that’s not the stuff you commonly find at shows.”

Additional findings will be provided periodically. Anyone wishing to take the survey can do so at:

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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