Founded in the late 1980s, in Maastricht, Netherlands, TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) is the world’s leading fair for fine art, antiques and design. Building on its history and success, the fair expanded globally last year, adding two New York editions: A fall fair focusing on art and antiquities up to 1920 and a younger, vibrant spring edition that highlights the best art and design produced from the Modern era up to today. Attracting the world’s top galleries, TEFAF places great emphasis on quality through a rigorous vetting process, something that sets it apart from other leading art fairs, in which each work is checked for quality and authenticity by experts.
Di Donna Galleries (USA) presented their focused exhibition Moon Dancers which paired Surrealist paintings and sculptures with the 19th-century Native American masks that inspired them, delving into the fascination that the Surrealists had with the masks of the Yup’ik people of the central Alaskan coast. The presentation explores the remarkable stylistic and ideological dialogues between Surrealism and Yup’ik masks in terms of both formal innovation and an attachment to the mystical aspects of nature. The presentation includes works by Joan Miró, (1893 – 1983) André Breton (1896 – 1966), and Yves Tanguy (1900-55), among others, many of whom owned Yup’ik masks, alongside rare masks made from wood, feathers, paint, and other materials. An expanded version of the TEFAF New York Spring presentation, Moon Dancers: Yup’ik Masks and the Surrealists, runs concurrently at Di Donna’s Madison Avenue gallery.
State of the Arts NYC recently covered this exhibition during the Madison Avenue Walk on the Upper East Side a week ago with the owner of Di Donna Gallery and the Donald Ellis Gallery. Interested art lovers can still go to the gallery on Madison Avenue between 64th and 65th Street. Hear the interview.
Newcomer Wildenstein & Co. Inc. (USA) highlighted The Blue Dress: Two Women and a Basket of Fruit (c. 1922) by French Post-Impressionist artist Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947), which was on the market for the first time. Known for his intimate domestic scenes of an almost dreamlike quality. Bonnard was a founding member of the Post- Impressionist avant-garde group Les Nabis, and his paintings focused on color, poetic allusions, and visual wit, rather than traditional compositions and structure.
Jewelry atelier TAFFIN (USA) highlighted a range of new designs by founder James Taffin de Givenchy (b. 1963) in his first display at TEFAF, including a set of “concrete” ear clips that capture the house’s iconic pebble design. Pioneering the use of ceramic in jewelry in 2006, Givenchy has manipulated grey ceramic to reflect the raw quality of cement, and paired the material with a collection of reverse set emeralds. The “pebbles” are set without pattern, reflecting the collection’s contemporary aesthetic.
In addition to showcasing the best of today’s modern and contemporary art market, TEFAF New York Spring also features exhibitors focusing on jewelry, African and Oceanic art, and antiquities to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how the art of our time has been influenced by the masters of centuries past.
Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth’s (b. 1945) ‘Mondrian’s Work XII’ (2016) is being exhibited by Sean Kelly Gallery (USA), part of a series of works inspired by the 20th-century Dutch painter. Kosuth is regarded as one of the pioneers of conceptual and installation art, exploring the intersection of language and meaning within art—how art is created, and how we construct aesthetic judgments—for over five decades. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including at Documenta V, VI, VII and IX (1972, 1978, 1982, 1992) and the Biennale di Venezia in 1976, 1993 and 1999.
State of the Arts NYC loved the Andy Warhol Boxes. Last year we interviewed Lisanne Skyler for her documentary Brillo Box on HBO. The interview is available below.