TEFAF Maastricht announced today that its Dutch art fair is now going to have two counterparts across the Atlantic, in New York.
The first TEFAF fair, titled TEFAF|New York|Fall, will happen in October and focus on art from throughout the ages. The second, TEFAF|New York|Spring, is planned for May 2017 (during the week of Frieze New York) and will specialize in modern art and design.
According to a release, TEFAF—the Dutch nonprofit organization that, in addition to its art and design fair, is known for putting out an annual market report—has been looking to bring an art fair to New York since early last year, when they approached the art advisory firm Artvest. Together, they are bringing TEFAF, or The European Art Fair, to a city that already has quite a few big-ticket fairs.
The New York TEFAF fairs will be held at the Park Avenue Armory, in both its cavernous drill hall and some of its period rooms. The New York fairs will be about a third of the size of the Maastricht TEFAF—the news release estimates that 80 to 90 dealers will come to New York in October, as opposed to the 270-plus that show in Maastricht every March.
“Among the different possibilities TEFAF has explored over the past couple of years, this partnership with Artvest in the Park Avenue Armory New York really stood out,” Patrick van Maris van Dijk, the CEO of TEFAF, said in a statement. “It is a typical combination of ideal time, ideal place, ideal people… As the world’s most buoyant art market, New York is a perfect match. The city’s dynamism and its cultural and economic power provide the best possible circumstances for a TEFAF fair outside of Maastricht. It also provides a perfect window to TEFAF Maastricht for those in the United States who are not yet acquainted with TEFAF.”