The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF)

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‘Visitor figures and sales this year testify to the strength of TEFAF 2015. Since the inception of the fair over a quarter of a century ago the market has changed and so has the fair. TEFAF will continue to evolve to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global landscape. (Release, 2015)’ Willem van Roijen, Chairman of the Executive Committee, reflecting on the most recent annual European fine Art fair in 2015.
Long running ‘The European Fine Art Fair’ (TEFAF) has evolved into what could be considered as one the most important fine art fair of its kind, and of its time. TEFAF has had over a quarter of a century seen success by a willingness to evolve and change with the current trends ensuring its continuing achievements. Starting in 1975
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This year, in 2015, a new initiative titled ‘Night Fishing’ -a technique of fishermen using a lamp to attract fish to the surface of water at night, and Picasso’s famous 1939 painting, ‘Night Fishing at Antibes’- was put into action. The concept behind this new initiative was to bring to TEFAF, artists who had already emerged onto the market, but with dealers who had not yet exhibited at the fair. TEFAF has on show over 7000 years of historical interest, and so the chosen pieces had to reflect this broad selection of art and…show more content…
“With painting—really—there’s no competing with the Old Masters. I thought that sculpture would work best in dialogue with the other objects here and with each other (Laster, 2015).”
The new curated space, TEFAF has recognised that the post modern and contemporary art market is growing stronger, reflecting the findings of Clare McAndrew that saw in 2014 the sales of modern art were Sales of modern art were the second largest, accounting for 28 percent of the global fine art auction market with auction sales of €3.3 billion (Kinsella, 2015).
Acknowledging this fact, but still remaining true and honest to what remains at the heart of TEFAF is what gives it the edge. There is still a prominence for Old Master and Antiques dealers at the European fair, however, with incentives to give new dealers who deal in contemporary art the exposure that TEFAF can bring, alongside such historically and intrinsically valuable, gives recognition that this is an art fair like no other and one who will continue to dominate the yearly circuit of art

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