Farther Afield, January-March

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

  Before she died in 1983 in her enormous hôtel particulier on the banks of the Seine, Mona Bismarck created a foundation for art and culture in her name, and gave it, in addition to an endowment, her historic mansion on the avenue de New York. It was Bismarck’s means of creating a legacy more enduring than merely that of …

TEFAF, The App

Editorial Staff Magazine

  The future of the art fair catalogue has arrived… and it is a TEFAF app for a smart phone.  At yesterday’s by invitation only preview for the European Fine Art Fair in Maasstricht, the most coveted accessory was a smart phone loaded with the new device. Interactive maps help visitors navigate their ways through the vast 265 exhibitor display. …

Seen and Heard at the European Fine Art Fair: TEFAF Day One

Editorial Staff Art

  “The museum doesn’t have a shopping list but I hope our collectors do,” said MFA Boston director Malcolm Rogers, who accompanied a group of American collectors through the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) on its opening day, March 15. “I could be tempted to collect Old Master pictures instead of contemporary art,” Whitney Museum of American Art director Adam …

After Grosvenor

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

On the heels of its seventy-fifth anniversary last June, the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair announced that it would close. Only time will tell how its absence will shift the balance of European fairs in 2010. In the meantime, Europe’s organizers unveil their plans for the coming year. BRUSSELS Held at the same time as the Winter Antiques Show …

Design makes a splash at TEFAF

Editorial Staff Art

A new addition to TEFAF, which is, of course, best known for old master paintings and fine decorative arts, is an entire section devoted solely to design-from the 20th century to the present. Although sequestered from the main shopping thoroughfare and up a flight of stairs, the Design Pavilion attracted collectors.   Among the exhibitors: Sebastian + Barquet of New …

The YSL effect at TEFAF

Editorial Staff Art

Some of the good news from TEFAF is all about the YSL effect. Like Christie’s acclaimed sale of the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, TEFAF is a virtual cabinet of curiosities where superlative antiques, rare objects of vertu, and antiquities have been selling well. Over one hundred dealers specializing in this …

Old Masters Rule in Maastricht

Editorial Staff Art

When the 22nd version of TEFAF, long known as the European Fine Art Fair, opened last Friday in this small Dutch border town, not a glimmer of the prevailing global financial crisis was apparent to the casual observer.  By the second hour of the vernissage, the aisles, lined with a record 239 dealers exhibiting old master paintings, antiquities, antiques, as …