PALM BEACH, FL.-
Rare finds abound at The American International Fine Art Fair
(AIFAF), slated for February 3-8, 2010 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The only American international art and antiques fair rated 5-stars by The Art Newspaper, AIFAF has established itself as a premier destination for sophisticated dealers and collectors. The fair has emerged as the most prestigious art and antique show in the United States and has been recognized as the crown jewel of American art fairs. As one of the worlds leading sources for museum-quality paintings, sculpture, and antiques, AIFAF reflects traditional, modern and contemporary collecting trends. Eighty dealers from more than a dozen countries including Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria convene in the tony enclave of the Palm Beaches to showcase their finest offerings, all strictly vetted.
Exceptional artwork is on display at every turn exhibited by the many world-renowned dealers at the fair. Among the most extraordinary paintings on offer this year is The Park of the Hospital St. Paul by Vincent Van Gogh at the Dickinson Gallery, which displays paintings from the Renaissance to contemporary times. Collectors in Palm Beach are very sophisticated in targeting quality paintings, said Hugo Nathan, Dickinson president.
Other dealers exhibiting important old master, 18th and 19th century paintings include Richard Green Gallery, Waterhouse & Dodd, S. Bohm Antiquitäten (Berthe Morisots Jeune Fille En Blanc), MacConnal-Mason Gallery, Messums Fine Art (The Harvesters, an imposing canvas by the artist Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch), Guarisco Gallery (Emile Muniers Pardon, Mama), Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Art, Salis & Vertes, Rehs Galleries (La Moisson by Léon-Augustin Lhermitte), Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts and Trinity House (a rare and mysterious horse & rider portrait painted in 1781 by renowned British equine painter George Stubbs, once owned by famous American art collector Paul Mellon).
Contemporary and modern art is strongly featured by dealers including Rudolf Budja Galerie, Galerie Terminus and Galerie Thomas (Le Coq Fleuri by Marc Chagall). Goedhuis Contemporary displays striking artwork by Chinas contemporary artists and Robert Hall features the work of Lu Shoukun, one of the most important artists in the history of Hong Kong.
Important American paintings will be on display at Adelson Gallery (noted artwork by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth), Hollis Taggart Galleries, Guarisco and Berry-Hill Galleries (Untitled, by Sam Francis).
Photography is presented by the Holden Luntz Gallery, as well as Rudolf Budja (the Hollywood Legends collection by celebrity photographer Frank Worth).
A growing number of contemporary art collectors are including top tier antiques in their collections. We're seeing younger collectors with contemporary art in their homes minimalist interiors now buying truly important antiques, which they perceive as works of art, said Stefanie Rinza, managing director of Carlton Hobbs. The gallery is bringing a 20th century dining table by Henry Moore.
Other dealers exhibiting prized 18th and 19th century antiques include Mallett (a pair of Louis XV gilt bronze three branch wall lights), A.B. Levy (a grand Viennese mother-of-pearl-mounted silver and enamel jeweled nef), Koopman Rare Art (an exquisite George II silver soup tureen), and John Atzbach Antiques (an exceptionally rare Russian porcelain tobacco jar, made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory during the reign of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna).
A seminal work of literature can be found at 19th Century Shop. Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations (1776) is regarded as the most celebrated book in the history of economics and an iconic tome for financiers, economists, and captains of industry around the world. Imperial Books also offers bound sets and first edition books.
Vintage jewelry will be featured by Véronique Bamps, Hancocks, Macklowe Gallery, and Richters. On view at Bamps are glittering period jewels by such masters as Cartier, while Hancocks brings an Egyptian revival necklace bought by The Prince of Wales (Edward VII) for his mistress, actress and socialite Lillie Langtry in 1880. The latest in haute couture jewelry will be shown at Buccellati, David Morris, Graff, Gioia, Scavia, Sabbadini, Tiffany & Company and Van Cleef & Arpels. For watch collectors, Somlo Antiques offers a broad selection of prestigious vintage timepieces.
The fair is also home to one of the worlds most prominent arms and armor dealers, Peter Finer. Our collectors hail from Latin America, Europe and New York, and Palm Beach is an ideal location to reach out to them, said Redmond Finer. The gallery is bringing 16th to 19th century European suits of armor including a rare composite North Italian half-armor from 1590.
Also represented at AIFAF are 20th Century decorative arts at dealers including The Silver Fund and Lebreton Gallery, ancient art at Royal-Athena Galleries and Numisart Ancient Art, highly sought-after porcelain and ceramics at Lillian Nassau and MS Rau and sculpture at Galerie Koch (including Alexander Calders mobile Red and Blue on Black and White) and Galerie Terminus (which displays works by renowned British sculptor Tony Cragg).
To assure the highest standards of authenticity, all artwork on display goes through a rigorous vetting process. The AIFAF 2010 Vetting Committee is made up of over 35 international museum professionals and experts in every field.
Certain to interest serious collectors is the noted AIFAF lecture series, which features pre-eminent museum curators, scholars and specialists. Bertrand du Vignaud, president, World Monuments Fund Europe, will be the featured speaker for the presentation Discovering Unknown Fine European Interiors. Talks will also be given by Sir Timothy Clifford, formerly the director of the National Galleries of Scotland, and Geza von Habsburg, art historian and von Habsburg family member. A number of exclusive cocktail parties supplement the lecture series throughout the fair.
The 2010 edition of AIFAF will feature an exciting and innovative new fair design. The new floor plan will disperse crowds throughout the fair, and ultimately draw attendees to the Center Court where an elegant bar will serve caviar, smoked salmon, oysters and champagne. The fair will also introduce Le Bistro, a new formal restaurant featuring the award winning continental cuisine of Executive Chef Michael Russell, a new VIP lounge, and a new café and sushi bar that offer sophisticated dining alternatives. Attendees may peruse dining choices in advance at www.aifaf.com/dining_at_fair1.
The glittering Vernissage preview evening, a highlight of the Palm Beach social season benefiting the Norton Museum, will open the fair Tuesday, February 2 from 6-10 p.m. AIFAF then opens to the public beginning Wednesday, February 3. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. through February 7 and noon to 6 p.m. on February 8. General admission fees are $25 for a one day pass, $35 for a multi-day pass or $45 and $55 respectively with a catalogue.