Are We Moving Back from Cyberspace?

Are we moving back into the real world? An odd item came across the wires today. The web site reports the results of a survey indicating  the most popular source of antiques & collectibles for collectors are still Yard / Tag sales.

The survey question was “What is the primary source of the antiques & collectibles you purchase for your personal collection?”  Came up with yard sales followed by auctions, flea markets, shops, online auctions, online shops and shows.

Methinks the categories here are screwy. Only the very low-end auctions are not online, and there’s no way they outnumber the ones that are online, so those two categories can probably be combined. If they were, they may be number one. Second,

do “online shops” include ebay stores and TIAS/Ruby Lane, etc?  More, this will depend on who is responding but it is something to do an online survey and find the respondents are shopping offline. My guess is they are out finding things to sell on or ebay. If that’s the case its only a matter of time before the folks selling at yard sales put the stuff online themselves.

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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