Beta Version of Comprehensive Antiques Calendar Launched

Dealers and aficionados of antiques and art now have a new resource for planning their events calendar with the launch of the Calendar of Antiques. The beta version of the site includes a calendar visible by agenda, month or week and active links to show sites.

The site was the result of brainstorming between Eric Miller, partner in show promoters The Antiques Show and Sally Schwartz of Chicago’s Randolph Street Market. Future plans for the site include individual pages for shows and additional supplementary information.

“Our aim is simple—to provide the most comprehensive list of antiques and art events in the U.S.,” says Miller. “We want to be the calendar to be on, and in effect promote the antiques and art industry and introduce a greater portion of the general population to show culture.”

Show promoters are welcome to submit events for the calendar to calendarofantiques@gmail.com. Listings are free throughout 2010. Advertising opportunities are available. The Calendar of Antiques can be found at http://www.calendarofantiques.com, on Facebook, search for Calendar of Antiques or follow on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/showcalendar

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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