The Park Avenue Armory came alive once again for TEFAF New York Fall. This marks the second year that the space was been taken over for the momentous occasion. The fair officially opened to the public on Saturday October 28, following a packed preview the day before, giving NYC art goers a taste of the international art fair season before it being officially in full swing. The fair ended on November 1, 2017.
The 2017 TEFAF New York Fall fair included several notable celebrity sightings– American comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg, TV personality, writer and business woman Martha Stewart who has been making the rounds at NYC art fairs this year, as well as reporter Anderson Cooper and his partner Benjamin Maisani. The US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, was also in attendance. Having famous people such these only adds to the cache of this evolving fair and are helping to put it on the map for future versions as well.
Sales for the fair were strong within the first few days. On the Friday before TEFAF New York opened to the public, several important items sold including: A tapestry depicting the Ball Game from the story of Gombaut and Macée, sold by Mullany, the painting Vanitas by Spanish artist Andrés de Leito, George Minne’s Head of a Man, sold by Agnews among others.
The scope of items for sale included an impressive collection of museum quality items ranging from antiquities to items from the 1920s. The expansive periods from which various artifacts were on display, were only surpassed by the sheer volume of art there was to see. Items included: paintings, textiles, sculptures, jewelry, furniture, decorative arts and much more. Borro’s Vice President of Valuations, Mark Bench, was a member of the TEFAF Vetting Committee and first-time attendee of the fall fair. He noted, “For me it had a wow factor with some exceptional pieces right across the fine and decorative arts canons.”
The 2017 TEFAF New York fair also helped to bridge the gap between contemporary and historic works of art through the curated show of never-before-seen large scale photographs by the artist Vera Lutter. The exhibition titled Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter’s Old Master Photographs, was on loan from the LA County Museum of Modern Art.
This art fair was not for the faint of heart and truly had something for everyone to see. Of the over 90 exhibitors on view there were many beautiful works of art to see. Here are some of the highlights:
The London based gallery specializes in in British and European paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. This family owned gallery has come to be known within the art world over the last 150 years. In this time, they have become a force to be reckoned with. Some of the works at their booth included Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henry Moret and John Atkinson Grimshaw.
Also dealing in European paintings and sculptures from Europe of the 19th-20th centuries, Thomas Sails has become a well-known art specialist over the last thirty years. Salis also has a special focus on French Impressionists, Fauvists and German Expressionists. Highlights included Otto Dix’s Junge Familie, Pierre Bonnard’s Le Petit Deieuner and Camille Pissarro’s Le Havre, la jetee, apres-midi, temps gris lumineux, mer haute.
Dr. Jorn Gunther is an antique dealer who specializes in medieval manuscripts, miniatures, and printed books. Their beautiful printed books and manuscripts added a unique flair to the fair.
When it comes to antique silver and jewelry, A. Aardwerk is known the world over for specializing in antique Dutch silver from the 16th century on. The family owned business boasts four generations of antique experts. They have also been exhibiting at TEFAF since 1995. They had a stunning selection of rare silver and antique jewels.
Maria Kiang established her gallery in 2006. In the last 11 years, she has become known as one of the leading experts in Chinese art particularly in Scholar’s Objects, Buddhist art and Song ceramics.
This British furniture dealer has something to offer everyone. They offer a range of gold-trimmed furniture as well as many other unique items. They also have established themselves as one of the leading English antique dealers in the world.