TEFAF NEW YORK FALL’S SECOND EDITION OPENS WITH STELLAR ATTENDANCE AND ROBUST SALES
October 29, 2017 (New York, NY)
– The second edition of TEFAF New York Fall
opened to the public on Saturday, October 28, 2017, following a packed preview day on Friday, October 27, at the historic Park Avenue Armory to vigorous sales across a wide range of categories and significant dealers.
Leading members of the international art collecting community and institutional representatives worldwide visited the Fair in its first two days, acquiring works for both private and public collections.
This year’s Fair, which runs through Wednesday, November 1, features 95 of the world’s preeminent art and antiques dealers and presents museum-quality fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920 under the roof of the Armory’s Drill Hall. In addition to the returning dealers, the Fair welcomed 12 new participants representing a range of periods and genres. Sales were reported throughout the Fair, from the opening minutes until the Fair closed at 9pm.
Notable attendees have included actress, comedian, author, and television host Whoopi Goldberg
; television personality, writer, and businesswoman Martha Stewart
; journalist, author and collector Anderson Cooper
and partner Benjamin Maisani
; fashion designer Tory Burch
; United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
; philanthropist, fashion icon, and social activist Deeda Blair
; Jo Carole Lauder
, wife of art collector, philanthropist, activist and Neue Galerie co-founder Ronald S. Lauder
; New York socialite and collector Irene Roosevelt Aitken
; investor, documentary filmmaker, philanthropist and art collector Anne Hendricks Bass
; acclaimed interior designer Jamie Drake
of Drake/Anderson; Lauren Santo Domingo
, co-founder of online fashion retailer Moda Operandi; and philanthropist and collector Estrellita Brodsky
, among others.
From the academic community, leadership from across the globe, including from Americans for the Arts
(New York); Art Institute of Chicago
; Brooklyn Museum of Art
(New York); Clark Art Institute
(Williamstown, MA); Cleveland Museum of Art; Delaware Art Museum; Detroit Institute of Arts; Des Moines Art Center; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
(Washington, DC); Hispanic Society of America
(New York); Kimbell Art Museum
(Houston, TX); Kunsthistorisches Museum
(Vienna, Austria); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Mexican Cultural Institute
(New York); Minneapolis Institute of Art; National Gallery of Art
(Washington, DC); Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA
(New York); Smithsonian Institution
(Washington, DC); Studio Museum in Harlem
(New York); The Barnes Foundation
(Philadelphia, PA); The Frick Collection
(New York); The Hermitage Museum
(St. Petersburg, Russia); The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York); The Morgan Library & Museum
(New York); and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
(Hartford, CT); among other institutions, were also in attendance.
Only moments after the doors of the Armory opened, several important works were sold—a trend that continued throughout the first two days. Highlights include:
- A tapestry depicting the Ball Game from the story of Gombaut and Macée (Flemish, Bruges, ca. 1600-35), sold by Mullany (UK, stand 92), London specialists in haute époque fine art, to the Musea Brugge, for an undisclosed sum.
- Vanitas, a magnificent example of Baroque painting by Spanish master Andrés de Leito (documented, Segovia and Madrid, between 1656 and 1663) from Colnaghi (UK; Spain, stand 7), attracted the attention of a museum within the Fair’s first hour, with an asking price of seven figures. This painting, previously unpublished, is a magnificent addition to the small but extraordinary group of works of this type by the enigmatic artist, widely recognized as some of the most beautiful works created in 17th-century Madrid. Previously, only four paintings by de Leito on the theme were known.
- George Minne’s (1866-1941) Head of a Man (Flemish, Ghent, ca. 1910-13), sold by Agnews (UK, stand 25). It is a significant example of the artist’s changing style at the turn of the 20th century. This bust depicts Eduard Lacaege, a worker from the docks, who served as a model for five of Minne’s works at the time. The frontal orientation of Eduard is of the highest quality, and the only portrait recorded in white marble, with exquisite attention to the musculature, veins, bones and folds of the skin – which the artist studied in great detail at the University of Ghent.
- Svend Hammershøi’s (1873-1948) View of Nørregade, Copenhagen (Danish, 1926), sold by Jack Kilgore & Co., Inc. (USA, stand 77). While Hammershøi is perhaps best known as a ceramicist and designer, he was also an accomplished painter, and focused heavily on the interplay between nature and architecture—as well as the dim twilight of Scandinavian winter—of which this work is an important example.
- Edwin Lord Weeks’s (1849-1903) Across the Pool to the Golden Temple of Amritsar (American, ca. 1882-3), sold by Taylor | Graham (USA, stand 85). In this work, Weeks, one of the most important American Orientalist painters of the 19th century, presents a striking study in light, architecture, and culture, undoubtedly influenced by the artist’s second trip to India in 1886-7, during which he visited Amritsar, the holiest Sikh temple. Weeks later painted another version of the temple, ca. 1890, which is housed in the collection of Brown University.
- A Burlwood ‘Grandfather-Grandson’ Sculpture, from China’s Ming-Qing Dynasty (ruled 1644-1912), sold by Maria Kiang Chinese Art (Hong Kong, stand 44), a new exhibitor to TEFAF New York Fall.
- An English Victorian brooch (1870), with diamonds set in silver and gold, sold by A La Vieille Russie, (USA, stand 84), specialists in antique jewelry, Russian works of art, gold boxes, and vertu.
In addition to the works for sale, an exhibition of never-before-seen large-scale photographs by contemporary artist Vera Lutter
(b.1960), on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
and entitled Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter’s Old Master Photographs
, is on view throughout the run of the Fair. On opening day, there was a special event as part of TEFAF New York Fall’s cultural programming, celebrating the exhibition as well as covering plans for the museum’s future. LACMA CEO and Director Michael Govan
was in conversation with Thomas Marks,
Editor, Apollo Magazine in front of a packed audience in the Empire Restaurant, Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue Armory. Lutter will discuss her work at a complementary special event on Sunday, October 29 at 4:00PM, alongside LACMA Curator Emeritus, and former Chief Curator of European Painting and Sculpture J. Patrice Marandel
. More information on the complete line-up of TEFAF New York Cultural Programming can be found here
Among the preview celebrations, on Friday, October 27, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering
hosted its second annual Opening Night Benefit
. Amy Astley
, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, served as Honorary Design Chair of the evening, the proceeds of which will support The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as the acclaimed cultural programs produced by the Park Avenue Armory.
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About TEFAF New York
A joint venture between TEFAF and Artvest’s Co-Founders Jeff Rabin and Michael Plummer, TEFAF New York was founded in early 2016 to host two annual art fairs in New York at the Park Avenue Armory, TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring. Each Fair features over 90 leading exhibitors from the around the globe. Tom Postma Design, celebrated for its innovative work with leading museums, galleries, and art fairs, has developed designs for the Fairs that interplay with the spectacular spaces while giving them a lighter, contemporary look and feel. Exhibitor stands will flow throughout the Armory’s landmark building encompassing the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and extending to both the first and second floors of the Armory’s period rooms, creating a Fair of unprecedented depth and impact in New York City.
TEFAF New York Fall 2017 will be held October 28 through November 1, 2017.
About TEFAF Maastricht
TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art and antiques Fair, champions the finest art dealers and experts from around the world. It was the first art fair to be run by dealers for dealers, and inspires lovers and buyers of art everywhere. The 31st
edition of TEFAF Maastricht will be held in the Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre from March 10-18, 2018.
Since 2005, TEFAF has been supporting research and international collaboration by means of a special Chair of Oncology at the research institute GROW, the School for Oncology and Developmental Biology at the Maastricht University Medical Centre.
About TEFAF New York Fall’s Sponsors
Athena Art Finance
Launched in October 2015 with $280 million of equity capital led by the Carlyle Group and investors of the private equity unit of the Pictet Group, Athena is an independent specialty finance company, dedicated to serving the financing needs of the global art market. Building upon the strength of its founding shareholders, The Carlyle Group and investors of the private equity unit of the Pictet Group, Athena specializes in lending solutions secured by blue-chip fine art collections. www.athena-art.com
Bank of America
Painting on Paper: Vera Lutter's Old Master Photographs
at TEFAF New York Fall, is sponsored by Bank of America, which supports more than 2,000 nonprofit arts organizations worldwide each year through exhibitions, loans from the Bank of America collection, grants, education programs, and employment opportunities. Since 2010, Bank of America has awarded a series of grants l as part of its Art Conservation Project, providing funding to conserve more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to date. The full list of 2017 grant recipients will be announced at a special event during TEFAF New York Fall.
As the Build Partner for TEFAF, Stabilo International has been integral to launching TEFAF in New York. Their long-standing relationship with TEFAF Maastricht, in conjunction with the skill and expertise they bring to the complex needs of building in the historic Park Avenue Armory, are crucial to reaching the elevated levels of presentation for which TEFAF is so well-known.
Stabilo International is headquartered in The Netherlands and for more than twenty-five years they have been setting up the infrastructure for fairs across the globe.
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