TEFAF 2019, overwhelms in every way (blog 2)

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It is not only the variety of the art at TEFAF, what impresses; also the different stands are creating their own different and contrasting vibes. From modern marble objects presented in hard white light and ditto background, and dark mystic antique Asian and African figurines to colorful Classic settings which creates a museum-like atmosphere. Also in terms of food, everything has been thought of. There are several exclusive bars -from sushi to oysters- and during the day many culinary bites and snacks are offered.

 

Soldier

I am headed to some modern sections. A masterpiece is Poträt Hugo (Hugo Biallowons) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938; Galerie Henze & Ketter, stand 444). This striking oil on canvas from 1914 shows Hugo as a soldier. It is part of an intense series of paintings, images and litho’s, which show’s Hugo (who was a friend of Kirchner) during the First World War trenches.

 

3-d

Also interesting is the outstanding work of Barry X Ball (Fergus McCaffrey, stand 440), which catches my eye. The Sleeping Hemaphtodite (2008-2017) is inspired by the original Greek Thassos marble that is part of the Louvre. The artist used translucent pink Iranian onyx and created this work with the help of an out 3-d printer. Also his Purity bust is intriguing. 

The moving high-definition color video on plasma display titled Ancestors (2012) by Bill Viola, keeps pulling attention. Simply, because it keeps changing all the time, while the background stays the same.  At the same stand of the Tina Kim Gallery, there is another simple but fine work, which keeps changing: Mirror Gold (2018) by Anish Kapoor.

I am continuing to Ben Brown Fine Arts, looking to a big colorful digital C-print, representing the Prado Museum by Vik Muniz. This is probably the most recent work, because it is produced this year.

Going back in time again, the David Levy & Associës gallery shows a fine Asian inspired painting of Louis Anquetin (1881-1932) called Torse de Jeune fille, Juliette Vary (ca.1890). And just a bit further, the colorful motives of Robert Delaunay’s Les fenêtres sur la ville, première partie, deuxième motif 1912, is pulling me to the stand after I have finish my lunch at the salad & sandwich bar.

Prints

Upstairs, at the first floor, there are also several beautiful papers and prints. A good example is The Staircase at 54, rue de Seine, Paris. This is a pastel and gouache on board by Sam Szafran. In the same stand of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, there is also a small showcase of some beautiful art nouveau and jugend still affiches from magazines like Vogue and Hazar’s Bazar. Finishing some of my modern impressions, I look at Andy Warhol’s Karen Kain, which is a screen print in colors with diamond dust, 1980. But the nice thing is that this print is next to several ancient and rare books from all different themes. That is also the nice thing about TEFAF, the galleries show their own little art worlds with sometimes different time frames, from old to modern.

Read more about TEFAF at my final third Blog, Tribal and design.

 

Angelique van Os

 

 

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