Art market

Tefaf permanently scraps autumn fair in New York—but spring edition will return in 2022

Cancelled this year, the Modern and contemporary art event will return to the Park Avenue Armory next May but the October fair for historical art and antiques has been dropped

Tefaf normally holds two New York fairs in the Park Avenue Armory

Tefaf announced today its New York spring event will return to the Park Avenue Armory from 7 to 11 May 2022, nearly two full years after the coronavirus forced the cancelation of both the US editions last year. However, Tefaf New York Fall, normally held in October and focused on historical art and antiques, has been scrapped.

“Moving forward, Tefaf will be focusing on one annual fair in each of its signature regions, Maastricht and New York. The New York fair will take place during the spring timeframe," a spokesperson for the fair says.

“We are devoted to offering a unique fair experience in New York, one of the most prestigious and vibrant art markets in the world,” Charlotte van Leerdam, Tefaf managing director, said in a statement. “While Tefaf Maastricht will continue to champion 7,000 years of art history, we look forward to hosting Modern and contemporary fairs in New York for years to come.” As with previous spring editions, the 2022 event will showcase post-war art alongside jewellery, antiques and design.

Last year, Tefaf New York Spring was postponed due to the coronavirus. The original plan was to combine the Spring and Fall fairs in October, but the later edition had to be cancelled too as travel restrictions and a stringent reopening plan for businesses in New York made holding in-person fairs all but impossible.

The original Dutch fair, Tefaf Maastricht, usually held in March and initially rescheduled to May, is now due to take place from 11-19 September. It will be the first in-person event since an outbreak of the coronavirus closed the 2020 edition early.