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 burst 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).
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
David Tunick | Booth 82
David Zwirner | Booth 67
Dickinson | Booth 7
Leon Tovar Gallery | Booth 33
Richard Gray Gallery | Booth 55
Tina Kim Gallery & Vintage 20 | Booth 60
Yufuku Gallery | Booth 47