Antiques & Art Expert to Guide UVA Students Through Antiques in Charlottesville

Will Paulsen, a renowned expert in period furniture and fine arts, will guide a group of his  former students, who have taken his classes at the University of Virginia, through the exhibits at Antiques in Charlottesville. That event is taking place January 22-24, 2010 at the Holiday Inn at 1901 Emmet Street.

“It’s an up-close-and-personal tour,” says Paulsen. “We’ll walk through the show, highlighting some special pieces. This will be an opportunity to examine what has been talked about, studied, and reviewed. It will also be about developing the eye of the connoisseur.”  Paulsen strongly urges his students to research well before investing. He says, “Having this advanced look at items for sale will provide time for doing research. Paulsen says that “many of his students have become avid collectors, celebrating especially all things Southern.”

Jay Melrose, founding partner of Melrose & Duddy, the promoters and organizers of Antiques in Charlottesville, says the student tour is a particularly welcomed addition to the show.  “It’s something other show promoters talk about but few are able to accomplish,” Melrose says.

“We are grateful for Will Paulsen’s dedication to the decorative and fine arts in an educational environment,” Melrose adds. “Igniting interest among all people, especially the next generation now, is critically important because their future is our industry’s future.”

Hours for the event are Friday 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $8, or $4 with a University of Virginia student ID.  The University Area Holiday Inn is centrally located at 1901 Emmet Street.

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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