TEFAF Contemporary?

TEFAF Contemporary?

Adrian Ghenie, Doctor Josef 2, oil on canvas, at Haunch of Venison.

The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht is not known for luring in contemporary art lovers. They are much better served by Art Basel or Frieze. Nonetheless TEFAF provides an excellent opportunity to put contemporary art into an historical perspective. All forms of human creative expression from the beginning of mankind up to now are presented: ancient Greek and Roman bronzes, fine Chinese porcelain, hand painted wallpapers, exquisitely crafted furniture and of course an abundance of paintings by world famous artists. The array and quality of art and antiques at the fair cannot be bettered.

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(een bericht van Alexander Mayhew)


The modern art section of the fair mainly focuses on sure-sellers like Picasso, Fontana and Chagall. Works by Albers, Magritte and Richter are also ubiquitous. More surprising are recent works by well-known artists like Jim Dine and Frank Auerbach, who were both born in the thirties of the twentieth century, but are still producing work. Some of the contemporary offerings have a definite historical feel to them. Walton Ford’s depiction of a lion devouring a crocodile seems more at home in the 18th century, but was made in 2006. Jake and Dinos Chapman on their part actually used aristocratic portraits from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to paint in nasty deformations. Coincidentally the same genre of portraits can be found in pristine state in the paintings section of the fair.

The modern art section is mostly orientated towards classic modern, TEFAF is not the place to find emerging artists. Most interesting is the tightly edited booth of Blain Southern, in which an installation by Tim Noble and Sue Webster and three humorous paintings by Anton Henning stand out. Noble and Webster’s work of yellow rubber penises and fingers is a welcome contrast to the overbearing good taste pervading the fair. Henning’s works ironically incorporate pictures of Picasso’s art, thereby simultaneously underlining and mocking the enduring omnipresence of this modern master.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Anton Henning, Picasso in Manker, No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, oil on canvas, 2009 at Blain Southern.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Ben Vautier, Kunst ist zu verkaufen, acrylic on canvas, 2000 at Hemmerle.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Frank Auerbach (1931), oil on canvas, 2010 at Marlborough Fine Art.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Disasters, wallpaper, 2010 at Galerie Daniel Blau.

TEFAF Contemporary?

TEFAF Contemporary?

TEFAF Contemporary?

Jake and Dinos Chapman, One Day you will no Longer Be Loved II (no. 6), oil on canvas, 2008 at Galerie Daniel Blau.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Jake and Dinos Chapman, One Day you will no Longer Be Loved II, oil on canvas, 2008 at Galerie Daniel Blau.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Jim Dine (1935), Smaller Parrot at Home, bronze painted with oil and enamel, 2008 at Galerie Thomas.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Marc Quinn (1964), Emperor Penguins Hunting Ground, oil on canvas, 2006 at Galerie Thomas.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Mark Grotjahn, n.t. (Yellow White Butterfly 543), coloured pencil on paper, 2005 at Galerie Daniel Blau.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Matthias Weischer, Waschraum, oil on canvas, 2001 at Thomas Gibson Fine Art.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Peter Halley (1953), Blue Prison, acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic, Roll-a-Tex on canvas, 2007 at Galerie Thomas.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Yellow Phantasmagoria, yellow silicone, rubber, steel, wood, light projector, 2009 at Blain Southern.

TEFAF Contemporary?

Walton Ford (1960), La Fontaine, 2006, watercolour, gouache, graphite and ink on paper, at Richard Nagy Ltd.

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5 Responses

  1. RV says:

    Met slechts 6% btw in dit geval..niet…?

  2. JB says:

    Die 6% zat/zit in de borgstelling. Bij de invoer moet een bedrag worden neergelegd.

    “Bij verkoop moeten er wel gewoon het nieuwe hoge btw-tarief van 19 procent worden betaald. Maar de borgstelling blijft nog een jaar op 6 procent.”

    http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4512/Cultuur/article/detail/1854087/2011/03/01/Weekers-helpt-kunstbeurs-Tefaf.dhtml

    Neemt niet weg dat als het om platte handel gaat de staatsecretaris er als de kippen bij is om een helpende hand uit te steken. $$$ = !!!

    Volgend jaar een tefaf zonder deze geste dus wellicht dan over de grens.

    Peter Halley, sjees, ook in geen 10 jaar iets van gezien, nog altijd even erg.

  3. E. says:

    Terwijl nu juist de Tefaf het minst last van die BTW heeft.

    Klanten die dergelijke bedragen neerleggen, doen dat wel in via hun BV, NV of watdanook. Of via een koffer met geld. :-)

  4. AM says:

    De prijzen logen er inderdaad niet om:
    De schilderijen van Jake en Dinos Chapman mochten mee voor € 95.000,- het stuk.
    De tekening van Mark Grotjahn voor € 62.000,-.
    Het schilderij van Adrian Ghenie werd verkocht voor € 45.000,-.
    Het behang van de gebroeders Chapman was feitelijk het koopje van de week.

  5. willem says:

    Het was te gek om 10 dagen achtereen, in de nacht op de tefaf te stofzuigen, bij de schoonmaakploeg, en me daar naast al deze begerenswaardige producten te bevinden. Ik zag nog zomaar een beeld naar beneden vallen.

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