Jul 17, 2020
News

TEFAF canceled the fall edition of its New York fair due to COVID-19.

The 2019 edition of TEFAF New York’s spring fair. Photo courtesy TEFAF.

The 2019 edition of TEFAF New York’s spring fair. Photo courtesy TEFAF.

The fall 2020 edition of TEFAF New York has been canceled due to the security protocols necessitated by the continued spread of COVID-19. The fair, which typically runs from late October to early November, had already been modified from its usual focus on antiquities and Old Masters to accommodate the modern and contemporary art dealers who had been slated to show in its spring edition, which was also canceled. The fair is just the latest, major art market moment slated for the second half of the year to be canceled, including Art Basel in Basel and, earlier this week, Frieze London and Frieze Masters.
In a statement, TEFAF’s managing director Sofie Scheerlinck said that:
as much as we had hoped to physically welcome our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors, vetters, and partners to the Park Avenue Armory in October, the uncertainties surrounding health and safety, the limitations on occupancy in the building, the cancelation of the vernissage, restrictions on international travel, and New York City’s strict reopening plan have led us to believe that proceeding with this fair is not in the best interests of the TEFAF community.
TEFAF will fully reimburse booth rental fees paid by exhibitors and will launch an online portal in the fall.
The marquee edition of TEFAF, in the Ducth city of Maastricht, was one of the final physical fairs to take place before the world went into lockdown in mid-March—although it was forced to close early after an exhibitor tested positive for COVID-19. Now, with the Frieze fairs in London and TEFAF New York canceled, the only two major international fairs still on track to take place in person this year are FIAC in Paris in mid October and Art Basel in Miami Beach in early December.

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