As it does every year, The European Fine Art And Antiques Fair (TEFAF) opened this year with full fanfare and an almost obscene (but glorious) night of pure indulgence: Champagne, oysters, lobster bisque; Breughel, Cartier, Warhol, Aubertin; and treasures from Egypt, from the Congo, from Cambodia and outback Australia. Three days, unfortunately, was not enough time to see it all; but it was enough to spot some major highlights, offered here.
It was also enough time to bestow honors to the real winners of the fair — those booths that most vividly represented what TEFAF is about: an encyclopedic celebration of the history of art, and a dedication to understanding the deepest inspiration behind an artist’s oeuvre. This years winners were clear: Thomas Salis Art & Design; Axel Vervoordt; and Hammer Galleries. More on each of these in later posts.
(All photos P. Madden. Please excuse the site’s tech issues, which led to strange sizes and some blurring.)
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