While New Yorkers flock to Randall’s Island for Frieze Week each May, TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation), which has become infamous in Maastricht, has now given Frieze some competition with its inaugural Spring exhibition in New York. From May 4-8th, the Park Avenue Armory was transformed into an homage to modern and contemporary art, including original works by Warhol, Basquiat, Chagall and Dalí, just to name a few. While it’s decidedly smaller than Frieze with 93 exhibitors, the caliber of art and antiques is certainly next level. (And with celebrities like Anderson Cooper, Marc Jacobs, Susan Sarandon, former mayor Michael Bloomberg and chef Bobby Flay in attendance, you can bet your Louboutins that it was a place to be seen. ) Attendees were able to peruse breathtaking works, arranged by gallery, all while sipping champagne, as well as enjoy freshly shucked oysters and savory snacks from hors d’oeuvre stations.
While the first floor had a beautiful, minimalist layout featuring booth-like spaces for each exhibiting gallery, the second floor had more enchanting themed rooms to display their treasures. Our favorites included the futuristic room by Galerie Gmurzynska, designed by Alexandre de Betak and featuring pieces by Miró, Leger, Rodchenko and more, as well as DiDonna Gallery’s “Surrealist Banquet,” which, as its name suggests, brought together food-themed works surrounding a dining table, featuring both paintings and sculptures by artists such as Magritte, Dalí, and Picasso, made to pop amongst a bright pink backdrop.
Marquee Sponsor of the event, Invaluable, gives art lovers who missed out on this season’s event a chance to keep up with the marketplace. The site is home to the world’s leading online market for fine art, antiques and collectibles, working with high-end auction houses, dealers and galleries, including Sotheby’s, Paul Kasmin, and Artcurial. Bringing convenience literally to your doorstep, Invaluable makes it easier for consumers to buy art, allowing you to bid from anywhere in the world and notifying you any time an item you’re interested becomes available (and yes, they have a mobile app, making it that much easier).
If you want to keep with the TEFAF spirit, Invaluable has an upcoming modern and contemporary art auction coming up on May 16th, where you can bid on similar items from the fair, including pieces by Keith Haring, Lichtenstein, Matisse and many more.