Spring has sprung, and with it TEFAF’s first-ever contemporary art-focused fair (May 4-8) held at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. Lined with crisp, chicly decorated booths housing 90 international galleries and dealers, as well as TEFAF’s signature hanging flowers (colorful tulips for the season), the fair bursted into full bloom starting with its VIP preview on Wednesday, May 3.
“Opening day went very well, and we are very pleased. We’ve already sold a Matisse, and we have a few more offers from VIPs that we expect to return today. We’re also getting a lot of questions about one of our star works, our Sam Francis,” says Lauren Close of David Tunick Gallery (Booth 82).
“Spots (without title)” by Sam Francis, 1972, acrylic on paper laid down on canvas,
David P. Tunick Gallery (Booth 82).
Cassandra Bowes of Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd. (Booth 85) also noted two Henri Matisse drawings that sold on day one. “Things have been going very well, and I’ve heard similar responses from many other dealers at the show. A few New Yorkers have said this is the best fair they’ve ever attended, of all the New York fairs.”
“There are so many wonderful collectors here, and it’s really a beautiful show. We’ve had a lot of interest in our Lucio Fontana. It was a very positive day yesterday, overall,” says Elena Bodecchi of Cardi Gallery. Fontana’s vibrant works, among those by other notable Italian artists, served as focal points for many galleries at the show.
Among the highlights of TEFAF’s New York Spring edition, here are some of our editors’ favorite (and most Instagram-worthy) booths.
Cardi Gallery | Booth 38
Installation view of Cardi Gallery, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
David Tunick | Booth 82
Installation view of David Tunick Gallery, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
David Zwirner | Booth 67
Left: Ruth Asawa (various works exhibited); Right: “Study for Homage to the Square” by Josef Albers, 1965, David Zwirner, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
Dickinson | Booth 7
Installation view of Dickinson Gallery, London-New York, Booth 7, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
Leon Tovar Gallery | Booth 33
Left: “Sculpture Vibrante” by Jesús Rafael Soto, 1968; Right: “Physichromie No. 504” by Carlos Cruz-Díez, 1970, Leon Tovar Gallery, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
Richard Gray Gallery | Booth 55
Installation view of Richard Gray Gallery, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
Tina Kim Gallery & Vintage 20 | Booth 60
Installation view of Tina Kim Gallery & Vintage 20, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
Yufuku Gallery | Booth 47
Installation view of Yufuku Gallery, TEFAF New York Spring 2017.
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