Here Are the 8 Booths You Won’t Want to Miss at TEFAF Maastricht 2020
Despite fears over coronavirus, the always refined fair is aiming to carry on as usual.
Oysters, champagne, and a glut of gilt frames: TEFAF Maastricht is known for an ambiance that could rival the refinement and opulence of any Dutch still life (and there are many on view).
Despite fears over coronavirus, and three gallery cancellations, this year’s edition is aiming to be as lavish as ever with an international cadre of over 280 galleries presenting a range of dazzling objects and artworks from Old Masters—a fair staple—to cutting-edge contemporary works. If you’re visiting for the fair, there’s a lot to see. To get you started, we’ve picked out 8 booths worth seeking out.
An esteemed mix of early 20th century and Modernist works is on view with Munich-based gallery Galerie Thomas. You’ll be taken on a journey through a century of European art history, from the moody scenes of Edvard Munch to the colorful 1960s spirituality of Yves Klein’s sculptures, all the way up to the splashy beach scenes of Tom Wesselmann.
Fans of British artist Anthony Gormley should be sure to visit this solo booth at Italy’s Galleria Continua. It’s devoted to both his famous sculptures that investigate the body’s relationship to space and nature and a selection of works on paper.
The question is: who isn’t in the market for a Renaissance-era sculpture of a reclining Bacchus made by the artist marvelously dubbed “the Master of the Unruly Children”? Here you’ll find just that, alongside a rich assortment of other Renaissance mythological and religious scenes, as well as a few 19th century works, including a captivating self-portrait by Francesco Hayez, the leading artist of Romanticism in Italy.
Ben Brown Fine Art is diving into the best of their roster to present a mix of works by the big names of modern and contemporary art: Alex Katz, Ansel Kiefer, Candida Höfer, Vik Muniz, and others. Design has its place too: a rare set of Ginkgo table and chairs by Claude Lalanne makes a striking and unexpected centerpiece to the booth.
The bold, textured brushstrokes and distorted forms of German Expressionism are the centerpieces at Switzerland’s Galerie Henze & Ketterer, with works by George Grosz, Otto Mueller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Alfred Kubin. Also worth a look is a set of delicate, seemingly Cycladic-inspired sculptures by Cubist sculptor Alexander Archipenko.
If you’re passionate for Pointillism or simply a sucker for the beauty of an Impressionist landscape, be sure to swing by Hammer Galleries’s presentation at the fair. There, visitors will find a wealth of seascapes, park scenes, and other bourgeois idylls by Renoir, Pisarro, and Monet. Also not to be missed is a delicate etching of a woman fanning herself by Mary Cassatt that evidences the height of French Japonisme.
John Chamberlain’s big, red, and shiny Opera Chocolates is sure to draw viewers over to Galerie Karsten Grave’s booth, but there’s a lot more worth scoping out here too including ceramics by Lucio Fontana, a surprisingly colorful Giorgio Morandi, and the semi-abstracted religious scenes by Swiss Art Brut artist Louis Soutter from the 1930s.
With spaces in London, Paris, and New York, Didier Aaron is a global enterprise that specializes in Old Masters. For the fair, they’ll be presenting works by famed Rococo sculptor Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, who was known for his expressive sculptural busts that captured the unique personality of his sitters. Alongside these will be the paintings of Jean-Marc Nattier who was famed for his captivating depiction of the ladies of King Louis XV’s court in elaborate mythological attire.
TEFAF Maastricht 2020 is on view through March 15, 2020.
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