With the pandemic ongoing, TEFAF took a creative approach to altering its fall fair
The European Fine Art Fair was forced to make some changes to its annual fall New York gathering. Of course, this was nothing unusual in the year 2020. Since January, the coronavirus pandemic has been disrupting art and design fairs the world over—cutting them short, canceling them altogether, or sending them online. For its latest edition, which wraps up this week, TEFAF took a decidedly creative approach when confronted by this considerable dilemma: Rather than bombard interested visitors with endless online options to click through, it asked each of its participating galleries to select just one masterwork to present through its digital portal. (Enter the Donald Judd work.) AD PRO reached out to five of those businesses to hear about the work they selected and why. Below are their responses.
“Guy de Rougement’s Nuage Tables are considered to be amongst the most important designs coming out of the 1970s. The rare Nuage Illuminated Coffee Table, originally commissioned by Henri Samuel in 1970 for the office in his Paris home, represents an iteration of the more produced Nuage “Cloud” Table with stainless steel. Only three or four models of this coffee table with a wood top are believed to have been produced by the artist. This variant, realized in 1972, features a unique burlwood veneered surface.” —Suzanne Demisch, partner at Demisch Danant