January is Antiques (& Art) Month

If there’s one month of the year set aside for enjoyment of antiques and art, January is it. The center of the activity is of course New York where in the span of one week the Winter Antiques Show, New York Ceramics Fair, The American Antiques Show, Antiques at the Armory and Americana & Antiques at the Pier will take place. Moreover, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams will be holding major auctions.

The week is full of educational as well as buying opportunities. Lectures abound at the New York Ceramics Fair with such specific topics as Teapots, Coffeepots and Cream Jugs, Oh My: Surprises in American Stoneware. Lectures and book signings at the Winter Antique Show include Wallpaper in Vogue, The Hongs of Canton and Furniture Forensics. At The American Art Show there’s a panel discussion Buy or Sell What should a collector do in today’s economic market? (I can only imagine what the conclusion will be) and a What is it worth appraisal day.

New York is not the only nexus of shows. In Charlottesville, Virgina the weekend of January 22-24 will see the premiere of Antiques in Charlottesville and Harlowe-Powell Auction will host a 20th C Modern/Arts and Crafts Auction. At Antiques in Charlottesville, antiques expert Will Paulsen will offer an insider’s tour of the show.

The City of Los Angeles has proclaimed January as Los Angeles Arts Month and with that will be the 25th Annual Los Angeles Art Show featuring more than 130 international exhibitors, an engaging lecture series and special events program, a sculpture garden, and special exhibit spaces, and fun-filled evening mixers. Educational topics include Contemporary Art of Uruguay, The Fine Art of Collecting Fine Prints and Art in the Modernist Home.

In Miami, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held January 21-25. If you go, go a week sooner because the Miami National Antiques Show & Sale is taking place January 15-17. I’m not sure if they heard the declaration by David Sokosh, but the Miami Modernism Show and Sale ,which had been scheduled for January 22-24, has been cancelled.

There are more antique events in January including:

25th Hudson, Ohio Antiques Show & Sale Hudson, Ohio January 9, 2010

DC Big Flea Market Chantilly, Virginia January 9, 2010

Historic Worthington Antiques Show Worthington, Ohio January 9, 2010

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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