40 Reasons TEFAF New York Is the City’s Best Art and Design Fair

Joan Miró, Soirée Snob Chez La Princesse, 1944. Courtesy Helly Nahmad Gallery



Look out Frieze New York—TEFAF New York is stealing your thunder!

After making a big impression on the New York art scene last fall with a highly praised presentation of Old Masters, antiquities and ethnographic art, TEFAF New York returns this week with its Spring fair focusing on modern and contemporary art and design. 

TEFAF New York Spring Fair, on view from May 4 to 8 at the Park Avenue Armory, features 92 international exhibitors offering art from the 20th and 21st centuries, along with a small selection of jewelry, African & Oceanic art and antiquities.

Highlights include a group exhibition of surrealist art with a dining theme at Di Donna Galleries, furniture by Pierre Chareau at Vallois, solo shows of paintings and works on paper by Joan Miró at Helly Nahmad Gallery and Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery, and contemporary masterpieces by Josef Albers at David Zwirner, Louise Bourgeois and Cy Twombly at Galerie Karsten Greve, Lucian Freud at Acquavella Galleries and Dana Schutz at Petzel.

Though a number of galleries here are also exhibiting at Frieze New York—including Paul Kasmin Gallery, Sean Kelly, Tina Kim Gallery, Galerie Perrotin, White Cube and David Zwirner—the high level of vetting and superb quality of works at the Park Avenue Armory, which has been elegantly transformed by designer Tom Postma, makes TEFAF New York a must-see for cultural connoisseurs. 

Scroll through the images below to discover more of our favorites works of art and design at the fair. WM 

  Lucio Fontana, Donne Sul Sofa, 1934. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts

 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thermopolae, 1985. Patrick Derom Gallery

Henri Matisse, Jazz, 1947. Courtesy Berggruen Gallery

Bwami Mask, n.d. Courtesy Tambaran Gallery

Lucian Freud, David, Pluto And Eli, 2001. Courtesy Acquavella Galleries, Inc.

Pierre Chareau, Bookcase-Table, c. 1930. Courtesy Vallois

Enrico Castellani, Superficie Bianca, 1999. Courtesy Tornabuoni Arte

Salvador Dalí, Buste De Femme Rétrospectif, 1933. Courtesy Di Donna Galleries

Josef Albers, Homage To The Square, 1971. Courtesy David Zwirner

 Marc Chagall, Le Peintre Au Chevalet, 1948. Courtesy Connaught Brown

Cy Twombly, Venus + Adonis, 1978. Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve AG

Wifredo Lam, Nu À La Chaise, 1942. Courtesy Applicat-Prazan

Andy Warhol, Meryl Streep, n.d. Courtesy Tina Kim Gallery

Hans Hofmann, Perpetuita, 1951. Paul Kasmin Gallery

Norio Imai, Work-Circle, 1965. Courtesy Axel Vervoordt

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nude Reclining, 1893-1900. Courtesy David Tunick, Inc.

Armand-Albert Rateau, Untitled (Bronze Chair), n.d. Courtesy DeLorenzo

Pablo Picasso, Man’s Head [Tête D'homme], n.d. Courtesy Galerie Bastian

 Louise Bourgeois, Baroque, 1970. Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve AG

Carmen Herrera, Green Garden, 1950. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Frantisek Drtikol, Nude With Circles, c. 1929. Courtesy Galerie Lefebvre

Dana Schutz, Self Eater, 2003. Courtesy Petzel Gallery

Jean-Pierre Vitrac, Flower Lamp, 1970. Courtesy Demisch Danant

Egon Schiele, Two Friends, 1912. Courtesy Richard Nagy Ltd.

Konstantin Bessmertny, Aedificium: Kali Liberates The Ego, 2017. Courtesy Rossi & Rossi

  Jean Prouvé, Pair Of Visiteur No. 350 Armchairs, 1948. Vintage 20

Jim Dine, Red Lite Bulb, 1962. Richard Gray Gallery

Bouke de Vries, Horse And Rider II, 2017. Adrian Sassoon

 Alexej von Jawlensky, Portrait, c. 1916. Galerie Thomas

Hans Hartung, T1982-R2, 1982. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin

Kehinde Wiley, Akilah Walker, 2015. Courtesy Sean Kelly

Willem de Kooning, Woman (Arthur's Woman), 1969. Courtesy Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art

 Anonymous, A Large Nose Apouema Mask Said To Represent The Deceased High Chief, n.d. Courtesy Galerie Meyer Oceanic Eskimo Art

Anonymous, An Antique Butterfly Brooch, c. 1870. Courtesy Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry

 Marino Marini, Piccolo Cavallo (Small Horse), c. 1950. Courtesy Bowman Sculpture

Paul Klee, Ohne Titel (Mann Mit Fisch), n.d. Courtesy Dickinson

 Manolo Valdés, Perfil Sobre Fondo Blanco, 2014. Courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art

Fernand Léger, Composition À La Feuille, 1931 Courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska


Georg Baselitz, Ohne Titel (Erstes Frakturbild - Der Neue Typ), 1979. Courtesy Skarstedt Gallery




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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