TEFAF, the European Fine Art Fair
It has to be admitted that the 26th edition of TEFAF, The European Fine Art Fair, took place in weather conditions that bore no resemblance to spring. These meteorological considerations, which may seem trivial when it comes to assessing one of the art market's most keenly-awaited events, had a distinct effect on attendance this year. Not only did the snow and the cold hold up the experts expected before the opening for the famous vetting (the strictest in the market), but they also foiled the arrival of the happy few invited to the inauguration. And generally speaking, many did not try again: "Key clients have very tight schedules," said Anisabelle Berès, "and they don't necessarily have the leeway to re-scedule a visit to Maastricht." Another noticeable fact: normally the volume of exchanges is evenly spread out over the whole event, but this year they mostly took place during the first three days. As from the Monday, it was mainly the "strollers" who ambled between the magnificent floral compositions dotted along the alleyways: one of the fair's signatures. "During the week, I felt rather like a guide in a museum," said one exhibitor. The reference was apposite for this fair, which lined up a large number of specialities offered by 265 dealers, with a typically dense and high quality selection. On the other hand, one regular observer noticed that the 2013 vintage had a higher than usual proportion of repetitions, i.e. works already seen in previous fairs: "On average, 30%," he estimated. For dealers, it is not always easy to present only new pieces, especially after 2012, a year that was not particularly rosy for some segments of the market.
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Will the latest Salon do better than the previous ones? It's hard to say, especially in an economic downturn. But the Paris fair has succeeded in setting the bar ever higher over the years. In 2012, the professionals unanimously acclaimed a positive result, marked by a higher attendance rate, good sales, and the return of American buyers, while the presence of representatives from the top museums confirmed the excellence of the works on offer.
TEFAF 2013 report: the world's most famous non-specialist art fair suffers from bad weather this year.
The first major retrospective of an auction room star since the 1980 show in New York, the Eileen Gray exhibition at the Centre Pompidou fulfils all its promises.
Greek billionaire George Economou has given a new dimension to his collection by creating an art centre, with a programme focused firmly on contemporary art
Clémence d’Ennery's passion inspired a collection of Far Eastern art that became a life's work, together with the mansion housing it.
The Howard Greenberg collection is exposed to Paris (photography and digital video capital).
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