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25 Amazing Booths at TEFAF Maastricht

 Ettore Spalletti and other works in "La Grande Horizontale" at Vistamare Gallery, Pescara 

By PAUL LASTER, Mar. 2017

Open to the public for ten continuous days while attracting international connoisseurs of art and design from the full course of history, TEFAF Maastricht is a cultural phenomenon.

Celebrating its 30th year, the venerable art and antiques fair features some of the most amazing booths displaying world-class masterpieces, which intriguingly range from the indigenous and classical to the modern and contemporary.

One New York art collector calls the fair “The Metropolitan Museum of Art with price tags,” while TEFAF designer Tom Postma, who also designs the renowned Art Basel fairs, considers it “the most beautiful art fair in the world.”

“It’s different here,” Postma shared with us on opening day. “There’s a more classic or timeless approach than a contemporary art fair, which is more edgy. But still it has to have some wild moments, while staying strong.”

Besides planning the look and feel of the overall fair, Postma designed TEFAF Curated—showcasing the exhibition “La Grande Horizontale,” organized by Calouste Gulbenkian Museum director Penelope Curtis—and the Special Exhibition, which featured Rome’s legendary Galleria Borghese. And not to be done there, he designed 30 gallery booths, as well, at this year’s fair.

Tribal sculptures from Africa and New Guinea at Bernard de Grunne - Tribal Fine Arts, Brussels

In TEFAF Design, Paris’s Yves Macuax presented a solo booth of Viennese Secessionist artist and designer Kolomon Moser’s geometric furniture and lighting and New York’s Demisch Danant exhibited Jacques Dumond and Joseph-André Motte’s sophisticated post-war pieces, while in TEFAF Antiques Galerie Perrin from Paris styled an imaginary room around an elegant 19th-century Italian brass bed.

Another standout of the Antiques section was the London and Hong Kong Asian art gallery Rossi & Rossi, which featured stunning examples of Buddhist sculptures from Nepal, Tibet, China and Southeast Asia. Likewise, in TEFAF Tribal Paris’ Galerie 1492 displayed exquisite sculptures from Pre-Columbian period and Bernard de Grunne - Tribal Fine Arts from Brussels filled its booth with striking historical artifacts from Africa and New Guinea.

Highlights from TEFAF Modern included abstract paintings by Frank Stella and Enoc Perez and a figurative construct by Jean-Michel Basquiat at New York’s Van de Weghe Fine Art; abstract paintings by Gavin Turk, Ron Gorchov and Peter Halley paired with a floor sculpture by Carl Andre at Brussels’ Maruani Mercier Gallery; and a play of red and blue artworks by Billy Apple and Tadaaki Kuwayama at The Mayor Gallery from London and monochromatic pieces at Tornabuoni Art, which has spaces in Paris, London, Florence and Milan.

Jacques Dumond and Joseph-André Motte furnishings at and Demisch Danant, New York

And—this year—there were incredible thematic shows in all sections of the fair, including the amusing botanical-inspired "Flower Secrets" at Galerie Patrice Trigano from Paris and the powerful religious-referencing “The Face of Devotion" at Madrid ‘s Galeria Caylus, along with the third edition of TEFAF Curated, the exhibition "La Grande Horizontale,” which explored the notion of the horizontal. 

“I’ve been working with sculpture related to the vertical and horizontal for some time and have been thinking about the reclining figure, so when I was invited to curate a show I immediately thought of this theme,” the exhibition’s curator Penelope Curtis told us at the fair. “I gave a series of lectures about this direction at the National Gallery and Yale two years ago so I’ve been considering the idea of the horizontal for a while now. It’s a good way to bring together historical and contemporary work, as well as the figurative and abstract.”

Offering a cultural dialogue between contemporary art and older works gathered from dealers throughout the fair, “La Grande Horizontale” capsulized TEFAF in a way that paid homage to its past while shining a light on a pathway to its future.

Scroll through the images below to view more of our favorite booths. WM

 Old Master works at Colnaghi, London

Thomas Stimm sculptures and other works in "Flower Secrets" at Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris

 Julian Schnabel painting and sculpture and painting by Lucio Fontana at Robilant + Voena, London, Milan and St. Moritz

Classical Asian art at Rossi & Rossi, London and Hong Kong

Franz Gertsch prints at Galleri K, Oslo

 Antique Italian bed and other classical works at Galerie Perrin, Paris

Billy Apple and Tadaaki Kuwayama at The Mayor Gallery, London

Modern and contemporary art and design at Jason Jacques Gallery, New York

Paintings by Jacques-Émile Blanche and Emile-Henri Blanchon at Stair Sainty Gallery, London

 Pre-Columbian art at Galerie 1492, Paris

Italian contemporary art at Tornabuoni Art, Florence, Milan, Paris and London

Yun Hyong-Keun painting and El Anatsui sculptural hanging with an early Egyptian sculpture at Axel Vervoordt, Antwerp

Classical works of art at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Leeds and London

Paintings by Gavin Turk, Ron Gorchov and Peter Halley and a floor sculpture by Carl Andre at Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels

Modern art and design at Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Berlin

Norbert Tadeusz and Magdalena Abakanowicz at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf and Vienna

Old Master works in "The Face of Devotion" at Galeria Caylus, Madrid

Paintings by Frank Stella, Enoc Perez and Jean-Michel Basquiat at Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York

Hendrick Munniks painting and Arthur Strasser sculpture at Rob Smeets Old Master Paintings, Geneva

Kolomon Moser furnishings at Yves Macaux, London

 Francis Picabia and Paul Klee paintings at Dickinson, London

Christian Borstlap "Self" installation at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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