[ TEFAF @ Maastricht ]

11 march 2020


TRIPPING ON ART @TEFAF 2020

TOM WESSELMANN (1931-2004) ~ Steel Drawing (Sitting Nude) ~ 1987 ~ Enamel on laser-cut steel ~ Number 14 of 25
@gallery Sidney Janis Gallery, New York

tripping on art in Maastricht ~ TEFAF 2020

  • TEFAF Maastricht is widely regarded as the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques and design. Featuring over 275 prestigious dealers from 20 countries, TEFAF Maastricht is a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market.

  • Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, you can also find modern and contemporary art, photography, jewelry, 20th century design and works on paper.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: *****
    TEFAF Maastricht always keeps his promise as premier fair for fine art, antiques and design,a showcase for the finest art works currently on the market.

~ TEFAF 2020 HIGHLIGHTS ~

www.arty-farty.fun's Etienne Verbist @ TEFAF 2020, Maastricht

The entrance

arty-farty.fun's opinion: *****
The entrance to the 2020 edition of TEFAF in Maastricht, decorated, as always, with the most beautiful flower bouquets.


founder Robert Bowman (L) and Arty-Farty.fun's Etienne Verbist (R)

Robert Bowman from Bowman Sculpture

arty-farty.fun's opinion: *****
great to discuss with passionate dealers with a story.
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howing August Rodin, who pushed at the boundaries of sculpture in new and radical ways.

meet 'n greet between Matijn Wijn , CEO of www.oestercompagnie.com, & Etienne Verbist of www.arty-farty.com,  followed by a overwhelming oyster tasting feast.
Thanks for your hospitality, Matijn!

info on the oestercompagnie (copied from their website):
Experience Oysters
during your party or event.
Oestertainment® symbolizes exactly what opening and sharing oysters means: an unforgettable experience. We have been sharing our passion for oysters with others for 19 years. We crack fresh oysters on location. Whether it is a party at home, a beach party, wedding, communion or a company drink.  By hiring our oyster girls and oyster boys you can experience their infectious enthusiasm. It is of course paramount that they have delicious oysters with them!

entre-acte ~ flabergasting meet & greet with Martijn Wijn, CEO of www.oestercompagnie.com

  • meet 'n greet between Martijn Wijn , CEO of www.oestercompagnie.com, & Etienne Verbist of www.arty-farty.com, followed by a overwhelming oyster tasting feast.

  • Thanks for your hospitality, Martijn!

  • info on the oestercompagnie (copied from their website):
    Experience Oysters during your party or event. Oestertainment® symbolizes exactly what opening and sharing oysters means: an unforgettable experience. We have been sharing our passion for oysters with others for 19 years. We crack fresh oysters on location. Whether it is a party at home, a beach party, wedding, communion or a company drink. By hiring our oyster girls and oyster boys you can experience their infectious enthusiasm. It is of course paramount that they have delicious oysters with them!

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: *****
    If I was a condemned man, a dozen of oysters and a bottle of Chablis would be my last supper, a feast a bacchanal. Discovery: Selection Dór van Ostra Regal the Golden Oyster

Jacob Twyford, Senior Director WADDINGTON CUSTOT meets Etienne Verbist, arty-farty.fun


Barry Flanagan (1941-2009) Moon Gold Hare 2008 bronze and gilded bronze 64 1/8 x 57 3/8 x 15 1/8 in/162.9 x 145.8 x 38.5 cm AC1 from an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's casts

Jacob Twyford, from Waddington-Custot

arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****

Barry Flanagan, his relatively traditional bronzes of exuberant, loose-limbed hares are very funny. Even more when you realize that the penis of the hares needed to be reduced in size (half) to make them acceptable for the art market:)

Félix LABISSE ~ Marchiennes 1905 – Neuilly sur Seine 1982 ~  Jean-Louis Barrault playing "The trial, 1947 ~ Oil on canvas, 73,2 x 91,8 cm ~ Signed lower right: LABISSE Signed, dated and titled: J. L. Barrault dans "Le Procès" de Kafka Labisse. 47 (on the reverse)
PROVENANCE: Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels Oscar Mairlot. Verviers before 1970) Belgium, private collection. 
FRANCESCA ANTONACCI & DAMIANO LAPICCIRELLA FINE ART

Felix Labisse

arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****
Félix Labisse a Belgian /French Surrealist painter, illustrator, and designer rediscoverd, on his way back to the art market.


JEAN-MICHEL RENARD ~ historical, rare and unusual musical instruments @ renard-music.net @ "Fontenille", 03330 BELLENAVES (France) « The Silk Road » >>> Statue of Elvis Presley playing a Vietnamese style guitar in the shape of a gun. XXIst c. Bronze patinated polyester on wooden base painted faux-marble. Contemporary work by the group
"ICONA" (International Corporation Of Nameless Artists) "ICONA", is made up of visual artists from multiple horizons and multiple origins, who collaborate by internet for the conception of works. Here the statue of Elvis Presley is a nightclub sign of American origin, the guitar "gun" was carved in Vietnam and the assembly was carried out in France... H: 2,80 m. Unique edition

Jean-Michel Renard

arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****
historical, rare and unusual musical instruments showing contemporary work by the group "ICONA" (International Corporation Of Nameless Artists made up of visual artists from multiple horizons and multiple origins, who collaborate by internet for the conception of works).


Carlo Dolci Florence 1616-1687 ~ 
Mater Dolorosa ~ 1653 ~ Oil on canvas ~  Signed and dated 1653 75 x 63.5 cm. (29 % x 25 in.)
COLNAGHI gallery

abrubt end of the fair, 4 last days cancelled

  • this was litteraly our last travelogue for the time to come. The president of TEFAF told us (seconds before our photoshoot) that he decided to end the fair. His fotoshoot with Arty-Farty.fun was the shortest ever: 1 shot and bang.

  • TEFAF will be our last "tripping on art" travelogue
    for an unforseeable time.

  • stay home, stay healthy, stay arty-fartyish.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: ***** (the right descision!)
    the big bummer, TEFAF Maastricht art fair  closed early , after it was revealed that an exhibitor who’d attended the fair’s first three days had subsequently tested positive for coronavirus.

Aux Portes du Temps - our Belgian basecamp @ Jodoigne

debriefing dinner @ our fav hometown diner ~ Aux Portes du Temps @Jodoigne

  • www.facebook.com/auxportesdutemps/

  • this place is cullinary heaven on earth for connaisseurs who favour honest simple good food, served with lots of love and skills. The ideal place to digest art impressions and leave our arty-farty attitude on the parking lot.

  • the proof: we drove a full hour with empty stomachs (we lived on 6 oysters during a full day)

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****
    Etienne's quote