Thursday, September 29, 2016

Art & Design: Can Maastricht Take Manhattan?

By Judith H. Dobryzynski
Claude de France’s illuminated Book of Hours, which includes 39 miniatures, will be at the fair. Credit via Heribert Tenschert Antiquariat Bibermühle AG
NEW YORK---For six days beginning on Oct. 21, visitors to the crenelated, fortresslike Park Avenue Armory will find its 19th-century interior transformed into a light, modern setting. Translucent scrims will obscure the dark-wood lobby and second-floor period rooms, which will open to the public for the first time since their recent restoration. Muted colors will turn the Drill Room into airy galleries. There’s a message in this metamorphosis, which was commissioned for the American debut of the European Fine Art Fair, known as Tefaf. With its careful vetting of objects on display, dating from antiquity to the present, the fair is considered the most prestigious art bazaar in the world. [link]