TEFAF New York Fall is an international art fair that is not about the contemporary. It is proudly devoted to historical art and to revealing the wonders of that art to new generations. It holds to the highest principles in the art world. It brings together renowned collectors and institutions who believe that the value of historical art is based on more than what it brings in the marketplace. It is expansive and comprehensive in its survey of disciplines.

Living beyond their own time, the objects in this Fair challenge us to think creatively about their past. They ask us to consider and talk about the intriguing possibilities of past and present together, juxtaposing the historical in a current setting. Collecting this art might be an act of daring or love or a leap of the imagination. And it will surely turn out to be the wonder you never expected.

Here is a flashback to TEFAF Week, an event-filled week of exhibitions, lectures, and art events scheduled to coincide with TEFAF New York Fall.



“Hugging Zombies: How the Met has been collecting art that's out of fashion and why you should, too 

Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman 
European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

It is a vice among dealers and curators to say that a work of art is “important” without actually saying why it matters now. The Met buys European furniture, sculpture and decorative arts not just because pieces speak to the moments they were made, though this is of course a crucial consideration, but because they go on speaking today. For an art object to be contemporary does not mean it had to be made yesterday.

Thursday, October 20, 7-8 PM.

Location: Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 22 East 60 th St. between Madison & Park (closer to Madison).


October 22 – October 26, daily 10:30 – 11:30 am
Empire Restaurant, Board of Officers Room, 
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street

TEFAF Coffee Talks are complimentary with admission to the Fair.  As space is limited, reservations are strongly recommended. 


Today’s Museum Directors Talk about the Museum of Tomorrow: Collections, Buildings, Outreach

How does the new generation of museum leaders now at the helm adapt their institutions to a rapidly changing environment while they uphold core mission to expand upon and bring relevance to their collections? Four prominent directors from the US and Europe, who have previously worked as collections curators, discuss visitor engagement with collections, building projects to enhance the museum experience, digital platforms for outreach, and approaches to specific cities and communities.  

Panel: Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director, Walters Art Museum; Colin Bailey, Director, The Morgan Library & Museum; Tom Loughman, Director, Wadsworth Atheneum; Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, Detroit Institute of Art.

Moderator: Carrie Barratt, Deputy Director, Collections and Administration, Metropolitan Museum of Art.


A New Normal for Collecting Antiquities in a Post-Loot Culture

There are few more contentious topics in the art world than the trade in antiquities.  Dealers, museums, and collectors may have adjusted their practices to meet stricter guidelines, as well as their own - and the wider public’s changed expectations – but damaging rumors and the occasional substantiated story continue to circulate.  Are further changes needed to regulate this market? What more do museums need to do to publicize the legitimacy of their collections? And what ultimately, does the future of collecting this field look like?  

Panel: Gary Vikan (former director, Walters Art Museum); Randall Hixenbaugh, Director, Hixenbaugh Ancient Art; Michael McCullough, Partner, Pearlstein McCullough & Lederman; Edward LaPuma, collector.

Moderator: Thomas Marks, Editor, Apollo Magazine.


Collecting the “Not New:” What does it mean to collect art from a time and place not your own? 

Does collecting historical art require a special knowledge or a leap of the imagination - or maybe both?  Our panelists discuss their own relationship with art from other eras, why it matters to them and why it should matter to us.

Panel: Jorge Coll, CEO, Colnaghi; ; Eric M. Lee, Director, Kimbell Art Museum; Griffith Mann, Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Candace Beinecke, collector and Trustee, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moderator: Frances Beatty, President, Richard L. Feigen Gallery.


Global Art Networks: Digital versus Physical

The art world's global outlook has been driven forward by the ease and rapidity of transmitting images around the world. Zoomable high-resolution photography is transforming the interactions between collectors, scholars, and art dealers. Museums now serve audiences unable to visit their real-world premises. At the same time, personal relationships and the physical allure of the precious object are more important than ever. An international panel representing opposite perspectives examines this apparent contradiction.

Panel: Wallace Chan, jewelry artist; Carrie Barratt, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dino Tomasso, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art; Rob Weisberg, CEO, Invaluable.

Moderator: Marion Maneker, Publisher, Art Market Monitor.


“The art is at least twice my age”: Life in the Art Market Under 40

A popular meme of the moment gives the false impression that no one under 65 cares about or collects historical art. Three distinguished dealers and auction experts under 40 challenge that assumption and offer a counter-narrative.

Panel: Fabrizio Moretti, President, Moretti Gallery; Patrick Williams, Director, Adam Williams Fine Art; Jonquil O'Reilly, Old Master Paintings Specialist, Assistant Vice President, Sotheby’s.

Moderator: Andrea Bayer, Curator, Department of European Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art.



VIP Events are open to VIP Pass Holders only. As space is extremely limited, advance reservations are required. Please contact  programming@tefaf.com for more information.


VIP Lounge, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67 th Street

A Conversation with Taco Dibbits, Director, Rijksmuseum
The newly-installed director of the Rijksmuseum talks to Thomas Marks, Editor, Apollo Magazine, about the Hercules Segers special exhibit at the Fair and other updates from the museum.


The Frick Collection, 1 East 70 th Street

Preview Tour of Cagnacci’s “ Repentant Magdalene
The tour will focus on highlights of paintings and decorative arts at The Frick Collection, an exceptional group of objects acquired by Henry Clay Frick in the early twentieth century, which includes masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velázquez and Van Dyck. The visit will also provide the opportunity for an early viewing of the display “Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene, an Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum”.  
Led by Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection.


The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 5 th Avenue at 82 nd Street

Antiquities tour with curator, Carlos Picón
The Greek and Roman galleries reveal classical art in all of its complexity and resonance.  The department's holdings in glass and silver are among the most important in the world, and the collection of archaic Attic sculpture is second only to that in Athens.
Led by Carlos Picón, Curator in Charge of the Department of Greek and Roman Art, discusses highlights of the galleries noting recent acquisitions and loans.


The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 5 th Avenue at 82 nd Street

“Jerusalem,” tour with curators Barbara Drake Boehm and Melanie Holcomb
Join the co-curators of the acclaimed exhibition, “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” for a special tour.  In these centuries, Jerusalem was home to more cultures, religions, and languages than ever before.  An extraordinary assemblage of masterpieces attests to the remarkable moment when Jerusalem stood at the center of the world.  
Led by Barbara Drake Boehm, Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator for The Met Cloisters and Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.


The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36 th Street

Architectural tour of the Morgan Library with Deputy Director, Brian Regan
Pierpont Morgan's 1906 library is among the great treasures of New York. Deputy Director Brian Regan gives us his insider's look at the Morgan's splendid architecture, including the Renzo Piano expansion, now celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Led by Brian Regan, Deputy Director, The Morgan Library & Museum.


The Work of Hercules Segers 
The presentation from the Rijksmuseum explores the work of Hercules Segers, one of the most mysterious and experimental artists of the Dutch Golden Age. The presentation is designed as a glimpse into the first full retrospective of the work of Hercules Segers, currently on view at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Known for his strange and wonderful mountain landscapes and endless vistas, Segers found admirers in fellow artists such as Rembrandt, who owned no fewer than eight of his pictures, as well as one of his copper printing plates. Rembrandt famously reworked Segers’ plate of Tobias and the Angel around 1652, transforming the subject into The Flight into Egypt. he Rijksmuseum is proud to present this extraordinary print by Rembrandt at TEFAF New York Fall, a part of the larger retrospective currently at the Rijksmuseum through January 8, 2017, at which time it will move on to The Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 13-May 21, 2017.
This presentation at TEFAF New York Fall will also include a video-installation by Christian Borstlap from Amsterdam-based creative studio Part of a Bigger Plan, with renowned storyteller John Malkovich, featuring animation inspired by and introducing the work of Hercules Segers.


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