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TEFAF Returns In All Its Glory To Park Avenue Armory In May

TEFAF Returns

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2018

For many reasons, TEFAF is possibly one of the best fairs for antiques, art, and design in the world. Firstly, there will be 90 galleries and dealers participating in the spring show, all of whom are first class in their fields. Secondly, every item on display has been carefully examined and vetted for authenticity, condition, provenance, and quality — ensuring that whatever you see is an original work from the artist’s hands. And thirdly, this range of unique art and design objects is rarely seen in public and when it is, certainly not this close-up. In short, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see high quality works and talk to the people who are passionate about them. TEFAF Returns.


František Drtikol

František Drtikol: Cactus; pigment print; 22 x 29.5 cm (8.6 x 11.6 in.); Prague, Czech Republic (1925); courtesy of TEFAF.


Peder Moos: solid walnut table

Peder Moos: solid walnut table; 72.5 x 193 x 69 cm (28.5 x 64 x 27.3 in.); signed ‘MOOS’ / Denmark – 1949; courtesy of TEFAF.

This spring show has three areas of interest spanning several thousand years of art. Modern art and design are represented by many galleries including Galerie Lefebvre (photographer František Drtikol), Galerie Natalie Seroussi (painter Wifredo Lam), and Modernity Stockholm (furniture by Peder Moos and Josef Frank).


Mayan flint

Mayan flint; height 26.2 cm (10.3 in.); Central Maya Lowlands – 600-900 AD; courtesy of TEFAF.


Ancient and tribal art is being shown from the galleries Charles Ede (sculptures), Galerie Bernard Dulon (African art), and The Merrin Gallery, Inc (ethnographic and ancient art), among others.

Branches Courtes Earrings

Branches Courtes Earrings; an unheated emerald-cut Burmese sapphire, a pear-shaped Min Oil SSEF emerald from Brazil, 18 marquise-shaped diamonds, 6 pear-shaped diamonds and 10 brilliant-cut diamonds, set on sand-blasted and polished white gold; courtesy of Reza / TEFAF.

Highlights of contemporary art and design can be seen at Galerie Kreo (industrial designer Konstantin Grcic), Galerie Gisela Capitain (photographer Zoe Leonard), and Reza (jewelry creations).

There will also be a series of talks on current issues in the art world. Panelists include art advisors, collectors, and museum professionals sharing their expertise. These events are free with admission, but seating is limited. Details are here.

Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley: Bassacs; gouache 66 x 86 cm (26 x 33.8 in.); signed, dated and inscribed lower left and right ‘May 19, Bassacs ’94 Bridget Riley ’94’ (1994); courtesy of TEFAF.

The show runs from May 4 — 8 and is located at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets. General information is available here.


TEFAF Returns

Exterior view of The Park Avenue Armory; courtesy of TEFAF.


Friday, May 4: 12pm-8pm

Saturday, May 5: 12pm-8pm

Sunday, May 6: 12pm-6pm

Monday, May 7: 12pm-8pm

Tuesday, May 8: 12pm-6pm

Ticket Price:

One Day Ticket: $55

Multiple Day Ticket: $75

Student One Day Ticket (must show valid student ID at door): $25

To purchase tickets for entry click here.


Jacques Villeglé

Jacques Villeglé: Boulevard Du Français Moyen; ripped posters mounted on canvas; 164 x 196.5 cm (64.5 x 77.4 in.); acquired directly from the artist studio; Galerie GP & N Vallois; private collection; Galerie GP & N Vallois.

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Cover: Alexander Calder: ‘Dancers and Sphere;’ painted metal sheet, wire, string and motor (110 volts) 55 x 65 x 29 cm (21 x 25 x 11 in.); 1938; courtesy of TEFAF.


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