7 Art Movements to Collect at TEFAF

Artsy Specialist
Apr 24, 2018 1:27PM

Next week, The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) opens in New York City—and you can preview the booths before the crowds online.  

The prestigious fair highlights some of art history’s most popular and overlooked styles, from the ancient era to today. Below, discover seven (of the many) art movements you can explore at TEFAF.

To express interest in any of these pieces, you can click on the artwork image to contact the gallery directly.


In 1918, the architect Le Corbusier and the painter Amédée Ozenfant launched the Purism movement, reacting against the fragmented forms of Cubism with a smooth, simplified aesthetic.

Fernand Léger
Nature Morte, 1927
Helly Nahmad Gallery

The Blue Rider

The painters of The Blue RiderWassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Gabriele Münter, among them—found common ground in the spiritual value of art, exploring how colors and forms could evoke higher symbolism.

Wassily Kandinsky
Rapallo - Seascape with Steamer, 1906
Galerie Thomas
Gabriele Münter
Herbstlandschaft mit braunem Baum, 1931
Galerie Thomas

Art Deco

Spanning design, art, and architecture, Art Deco was a highly influential style in the 1920s and ’30s, characterized by rich materials, geometric patterns, and decorative ornamentation.

Jean Dunand
Spherical vase with triangles and dots, ca. 1925
DeLorenzo Gallery
Poul Henningsen
Rare adjustable Piano lamp PH 2/2, 1931

Black Mountain College

Based in North Carolina, Black Mountain College was an incubator for some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, including Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, John Cage, and Josef Albers.

Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: “Persistent”, 1954
Waddington Custot
Willem de Kooning
Woman in Rowboat, 1964
Simon Lee Gallery

Group Zero

The experimental artists of Group Zero manipulated nails, wires, and more to create monochromatic abstractions that seem to vibrate in space.

Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel, 1957
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Günther Uecker
Rose II, 1964
Ben Brown Fine Arts

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern design rejected ornamentation and embraced new materials and technologies—and remains one of the most collectible design movements today.

Jacques Dumond
Credenza, ca. 1960
Demisch Danant
Poul Hundevad
"Egyptian Chair", 1950

Ancient Art

Carved from marble over a thousand years ago, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures are some of the oldest collectibles you can find at the fair.

ANCIENT ROMAN PORTRAIT OF AN ARISTOCRAT , second half of the 1st century A.D
Phoenix Ancient Art
ANCIENT THESSALIAN "IDOL", ca. 6th millennium B.C.
Phoenix Ancient Art
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