What’s Selling on 1stDibs

I recently wandered over to 1stDibs, to see how antique forms are fairing these days on the site. While still looking heavily mid-20th Century modern, antiques are fairing a bit better than in previous months. Antique forms which are selling are classic, with clean simple lines which mix well with more modern forms. Clean lines seem to be key these days. Also, interesting accessories with high graphic appeal.

I do have to wonder whether this trend will hold in the coming years, and also – just how much of this trend has been driven by the extensive exposure of more modern forms, such as contemporary art. Combined with a lack of exposure/education specifically aimed at a broader and younger audience, which demonstrates the true flexibility of certain forms of antiques, has led to rigid lines of division being drawn, with antiques taking a beating on the style-front. I personally do not believe that every dealer should be required to jump on the mid-20th century bandwagon if it truly is not their interest, taste, nor specialty. In addition, it tends to create an over-saturated look. Mixing is encouraged & applauded – overuse of a formulaic look, however, could only contribute to the need to, once again, shift gears a year later.

A selection of items recently sold on 1stDibs:

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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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