TEFAF New York | The Top 5 Exhilarating Exhibits To See This Year
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TEFAF New York | The Top 5 Exhilarating Exhibits To See This Year

May 6, 2022 Share

The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) New York will run from May 6 -10, 2022, with an invitation-only VIP day on May 5, 2022, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. 

Today is the grand opening of one of the many art fairs in New York City. This time the art extravaganza known as The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) will take place inside the Park Avenue Armory – a historic cultural destination fit for displaying priceless wonders. 

Established in 1988, TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent organisation for fine art, antiques, and design. It gives international dealers the platform to present museum-quality works of all eras and genres to a broad base of collectors and connoisseurs.

Courtesy Of TEFAF NYC SPRING 2019.

This year the art fair will once again provide art enthusiasts, collectors, design professionals, and museum curators the opportunity to experience curated spaces within the charming period rooms of the Armory, in addition to the soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. 

When it comes to TEFAF’s showpieces,  the exhibitors have always found the rich history of showcasing masterpieces in every fine art category – to be nothing less than atypical. From antiques, Old Masters and Haute Joaillerie to contemporary painting works on paper, and 20th-century design, the fair in New York and Maastricht, Netherlands, really has it all.

Benappi Fine Art and Mehringer’s room at the TEFAF art fair. Photo by Mark Niedermann.

But this year, New York’s vision is set on displaying modern and contemporary art and design. With dealers representing 14 countries worldwide, guests can expect items to range in style, eras, cultures, and mediums from 91 dealers, 78 returning, and 13 exhibiting for the first time. 

Although bursting with numerous extraordinary exhibits, there are a few stand-out presentations of work that many art enthusiasts are dying to see. Without further ado, here are a few of the must-see exhibits at the TEFAF New York 2022. 

These five provide a glimpse into the quality, breadth, and depth of artworks that will be available at the fair:

KEHINDE WILEY Portrait of Jorge Gitoo Wright, 2022 ©Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York. Find this incredible piece in Sean Kelly’s Booth 363 at TEFAF New York 2022, May 6 – 10, 2022, Park Avenue Armory. Photography: JSP Art Photography.
  1. Kehinde Wiley

Portrait of Jorge Gitoo Wright 2022 

Oil on canvas 

Presented by New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery;

Sean Kelly presents a recent painting by American artist Kehinde Wiley. The artist engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, mighty, majestic, and sublime in his representation of black and brown men and women found throughout the world. Also, stay tuned as DDW will be sitting down with Sean Kelly himself for an exclusive interview.

Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty.
  1. Jean Dubuffet 



Acrylic on paper mounted to canvas 

Presented by London’s Thomas Gibson Gallery;

Thomas Gibson presents a work by French artist Jean Dubuffet. A triumphant fusion of form and motion, the painting exemplifies the very best of the artists’ celebrated oeuvre. This celebration of colour is part of the esteemed series L’Hourloupe.

Francis Bacon in 1969 / John Hedgecoe
PHOTO: Sotheby’s Francis Bacon, Untitled (Pope), ca. 1954
  1. Francis Bacon 

Pope Circa 


Oil on canvas

Presented by London’s Helly Nahmad Gallery;

Helly Nahmad presents a work by the famous British artist Francis Bacon. For more than twenty years, Bacon worked on his pope paintings, variations on Diego Velàzquez’s magnificent portrait of Pope Innocent X. 

  1. Roy Lichtenstein 

Figure with Banner 


Oil and Magna on canvas in the artist’s strip frame

Presented by New York City’s Van De Weghe Gallery;

Van De Weghe offers a painting by legendary American artist Roy Lichtenstein. The work – at once haunting and whimsical – depicts a figural stack of detritus, starkly outlined in black and white, in a barren though brightly coloured landscape.

An example of what luxurious earrings could look like. Pinterest
  1. Cameo earrings 

19th century 

Onyx to hard stone 

Presented by Hemmerle – a fourth-generation family-run house at Germany’s vanguard of jewellery design.

Hemmerle presents Cameo earrings. The onyx intaglios are set in anodised aluminium that perfectly complements the tonal perspective of the natural stone.

“We’re thrilled to open our doors again in New York, welcoming guests to an immersive and profound art experience,” said Charlotte van Leerdam, Managing Director of TEFAF, in a recent press release.

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