Preparing for TEFAF Online 2020: Upcoming Exhibitor Highlights

TEFAF Online 2020 is approaching fast. Here are the details on how the new platform will work and exhibitor highlights for the upcoming fair.

Oct 21, 2020By Charlotte Davis, BA Art History
Untitled by Donald Judd, 1988; Demo Half-chair by Sam Maloof, 1993; Monumental Head of Min, Eighteenth Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1388-51 BC


TEFAF, the world’s premier fine art and antiques fair, recently announced that it will be introducing a new online platform for exhibitors and collectors: TEFAF Online. Due to health and safety concerns because of COVID-19, the TEFAF Online platform will help ensure that the annual fair can take place safely without the risks of spreading the disease at a large gathering. 


TEFAF Online will take place during the timeslot of New York Fall. It will run from November 1st-4th, with two preview days on October 30th and 31st. You can register for TEFAF Online here.

A Summary Of How TEFAF Online Will Work

TEFAF Online 2020 Highlights: Monumental Head of Min, Eighteenth Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1388-51 BC, via Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem


The new online art fair will showcase works from 300 exhibitors from TEFAF’s international community. Each exhibitor will be allowed to submit one art object each for the 2020 Online Fall fair in a new “masterpiece” format. Each item submitted will have a description, video and images that contextualize each item. There will also be an interactive tool that will allow the exhibitors to engage directly with the collectors, dealers and art enthusiasts at the 2020 fair.


Each submitted item will be subject to TEFAF’s new online vetting process. While the vetting committee will not be viewing any items in-person, TEFAF has instated a set of rigorous online vetting guidelines. Each exhibitor is required to upload high-resolution images of their submission, a full description, verification reports, any conservation/treatment/condition documentation and records of importation or exportation. The vetting committee will then authenticate the items and, if they pass, they will be put up on view.


Exhibitor Highlights Of The Upcoming Fair 

TEFAF has released a First Look for TEFAF Online 2020 with highlights for the upcoming November fair. The highlights include leading international galleries and dealers with pieces spanning thousands of years of art history. Below are some of the upcoming exhibitors and their items.

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Acquavella Galleries, New York

Jeune fille à la poupée by Paul Cézanne, ca. 1894-96, via TEFAF

Jeune fille à la poupée by Paul Cézanne, ca. 1894-96
Oil on canvas, 92.7 x 73 cm
Notes: Jeune fille à la poupée has held a long provenance of collections both public and private, including notable collector Walter P. Chrysler Junior. 


Paul Cézanne was a French Post-Impressionist painter whose work significantly contributed to the transition into the 20th-century avant-garde. His work is recognizable by its rough brushstrokes and bold use of color that paved the way for future experimentation with painting. He is associated with 19th-century Impressionism and Cubism and influenced notable artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso


Pace Gallery, New York 

Untitled by Donald Judd, 1988, via TEFAF

Untitled by Donald Judd, 1988
Green anodized aluminum, 12.7 x 101.6 x 22.9 cm

Donald Judd was a postwar American artist who was known for his work in Minimalism and Conceptual art. He was interested in architecture and the deliberate use of negative space. This profoundly influenced his easily recognizable “stacks” and “progressions” installation sculptures, which feature simple, box-like forms and block color designs. Judd has worked alongside other notable artists including Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain. 


Robert Simon Fine Art, New York 

The Judgement of Paris by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop, ca. 1518-22, via TEFAF

The Judgement of Paris by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop, ca. 1518-22
Oil on panel, 61.5 x 39.6 cm

Lucas Cranach the Elder, born Lucas Müller, was one of the most important and influential artists in Germany during the 16th century. His body of work, including paintings, woodcuts and altarpieces, is heavily associated with Protestant Reformation, religion and mythology. His Portrait of John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony sold in a Christie’s sale in 2018 for $7.7 million, making it one of the most expensive Old Master paintings to sell at auction in the past 5 years


Neugerriemshneider, Berlin 

Iron Tree by Ai Weiwei, 2016, via TEFAF

Iron Tree by Ai Weiwei, 2016
Cast iron, 725 x 810 x 690

Notes: Each element of this monumental cast-iron sculpture was hand-cast in a two-year process. 

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese activist and contemporary artist whose installation art, videos, sculptures and other media question modern ideologies. Having grown up in harsh conditions due to his father’s exile, Weiwei has been openly critical of the Chinese government, leading to his arrest and harassment. He is considered one of the most well-known, prolific and provocative modern artists today.


R & Company, New York

Demo Half-chair by Sam Maloof, 1993

Demo Half-chair by Sam Maloof, 1993
California Walnut wood, 111.8 x 61 x 61 cm
Notes: This is a rare example of Maloof’s unconventional woodworking style. It was given to Gail Fredell by the artists and is inscribed “ For Gail / my love and appreciation for you and your work. Love / Blessings / Peace Sam Maloof.”

Sam Maloof was a well-known American woodworker and furniture designer. He is also the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur fellowship. His unconventional style gained him notoriety and he is remembered as a leading figure in the postwar Arts & Crafts movement in America. His work is exhibited in significant institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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By Charlotte DavisBA Art HistoryCharlotte is a contributing writer from Portland, Oregon now based in London, England. I’m an art historian with extensive knowledge in art history, classics, ancient art and archaeology.