What Are the Top Booths at TEFAF 2015?

Finding the best of the best at Europe's top art fair.

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Pier Francesco Foschi (left), sculpture by Alessandro Tiarini (center), and Lodovico Caselli (right) at Otto Naumann, New York.
Photo: Coline Milliard
London dealer Johnny Van Haeften's booth includes work by Willem Kalf, Jacob van Hulsdonck, Bartholomeus van der Helst, and Flemish painter Jan van Kessel.
Photo: Courtesy Peter De Vries Photography.
Allen Jones at Marlborough Fine Art.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Paintings by Jean Dubuffet, sculpture by Marino Marini at Landau Fine Art, Montreal.
Photo: Coline Milliard
From left: Frank Stella, Duane Hanson, Jean-Michel Basquiat at Van de Weghe Fine Art.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Axel Vervoordt's booth at TEFAF.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Paintings by Bernar Venet (left) and Judit Riegll at Galerie Beres, Paris.
Photo: Coline Milliard
Dayak sculpture from Borneo at Bernard de Grunne, Belgium.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Wolfgang Laib at Konrad Fischer in the "Night Fishing" contemporary section at TEFAF.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Sculpture by Billy Apple at Mayor Gallery, London.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Landscape painting by Pieter Breughel the Younger (left), portrait by Corneille de Lyon, and a still life by Jacob van Hulsdonck at RIchard Green.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Sculpture by Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte in the "Night Fishing" contemporary section at TEFAF.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Vajradhara sculpture (Nepal or Tibet) and painting by Tenzing Rigal (back) at Rossi & Rossi, London and Hong Kong.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Sculpture by Georg Baselitz at Thaddaeus Ropac in the "Night Fishing" contemporary art section of TEFAF.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Work by Agostino Bonalumi, Paolo Scheggi, Enrico Castellani (back wall) and sculpture by Marino Marini at Robilant +Voena, London.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Paintings by Kees van Bohemen (left) and Jim Dine at Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Lucio Fontana at Tornabuoni Fine Art, Milan.
Photo: Coline Milliard.
Paintings by Marc Chagall at Galeria Boulakia, Paris.
Photo: Coline Milliard.

The prestigious annual TEFAF fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands, opened its doors this morning (March 13) to international VIP collectors. As usual, the fair features more than its fair share of world-class offerings ranging from Renaissance to Impressionism and from Old Masters to modern art. (See World Art Market Passes €51 Billion Says 2015 TEFAF Art Market Report and What Are Top Dealers Bringing to TEFAF?)

Contemporary art, while not the fair’s focus, is nonetheless a growing presence, with works by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Deacon, Wolfgang Laib, and Frank Stella on offer. Sometimes the modern and contemporary works offset historical pieces, or they are the whole show in booths organized by dealers such as Paul Kasmin, Kukje/Tina Kim, and Christoph Van de Weghe.

This year’s edition also includes a spacious, much-buzzed about multi-exhibitor booth called “Night Fishing,” that was curated by Sydney Picasso and which was already attracting a large crowd in just the first hours of the fair. It features artists who have never come to TEFAF before but have a connection with historical works on view.

Just one of the eye-catching displays of Old Masters is London’s Richard Green, whose stand is packed with top-flight Old Masters including Aert van der Neer‘s Frozen River at Sunset (circa 1600); a floral still life by Jan Brueghel the Elder (circa 1607–1608); a Caspar Netcher canvas, A Young Woman Feeding a Parrot (1666); and another floral still life, by Jan van Os, with hyperreal drops of water on the petals. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for top booths.


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