For the first time, TEFAF New York Spring opened their doors at the historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The inauguration was celebrated with a fabulous VIP Opening on Wednesday, attracting the world’s art elite. I was happy to attend the opening and being pleasantly surprised by the collection on show. Having visited TEFAF in Maastricht before, the New York version is extremely different with works on show from 1900's Contemporary and Modern Art instead of the Old Masters that we are used to see in Maastricht. Yet the Art Fair remained the high quality standard as always, and a smooth organisation. Exhibitors were extremely satisfied and sales seemed to go well. I wondered why TEFAF above FRIEZE as an exhibitor, but it became clear fairly quickly that exhibitors have formed almost as a family amongst each other and know the organisation always is to perfection, attracting the right audience... Why change they said...
92 Galleries showing works from Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol, Miró, Dalí - just to name a few...
I was pleasantly surprised to see several Jean-Michel Basquit's that I never seen before in my life - that is because several works were for sale at TEFAF coming from private collections, which is always interesting and surprisely were priced pretty reasonable around the $ 6 Million mark.
Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts New York a specialist in prewar American art showed three showstopping mural panels by Thomas Hart Benton, the Missouri-born regionalist (and professor to Jackson Pollock), which was a magnificent display.
A first for me to see Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton bag which was for sale at the first TEFAF New York Spring - a $5,000 bag. I wasn't convinced, nevertheless a clever move from both Koons and LV.
I had a pleasant encouter with artist Konstantin Bessmertny who's work was on show and facsinated me enormly, a surreal style with bright colours and interesting concept - I guess this is why it's so important to have the opportunity to speak with the artist directly and become more enchanted to their work.
Gallery Gmurzynska, the Swiss gallery sold Roberto Matta’s Ouvrir les bras comme on ouvre les yeux (1954) for around $1 million.
Didier Ltd, London British specialist in wearable works by fine artists — among them Braque, Giacometti, Calder and Jacques Lipchitz.
My 48hrs in New York city didn't stop there... I was on a mission and managed to fit in MoMa Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Vandal the streetart bar/restaurant that has works from D*Face, Banksy, Obey Giant and many other streetartists.
A pleasant Art & Culture trip with a fantastic TEFAF fair once again.