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« New Faces at TEFAF 2012 », Meuse-Rhine Journal, 9th November 2011 :

"Six galleries have been selected to take part in TEFAF Showcase, which gives younger dealers a one-off opportunity to exhibit at TEFAF Maastricht, the world finest art and antiques fair. The selected candidates, who will be taking part in TEFAF’s Silver Jubilee edition, are specialists from a range of disciplines including modern jewelry, contemporary art, Old Master paintings and Japanese art. Three are from the United Kingdom, one from Italy, one from France and the sixth will become the first-ever TEFAF exhibitor from Hungary [please check]. They will exhibit in a special section when the 2012 edition of The European Fine Art Fair opens at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from 16-25 March 2012.

TEFAF Showcase gives recently established galleries the opportunity to participate in TEFAF Maastricht for one year and to gain experience of being part of an international fine art event. The pre-eminence of TEFAF among international art fairs has led to a long waiting list for potential exhibitors and TEFAF Showcase enables some of those keen to take part to do so. It also introduces visitors to the Fair to some of the most interesting emerging galleries from around the world.

“As the years progress, we find that the level of applicants is getting higher as people have realized that they need to be of a certain standard to be considered,” says Ben Janssens, Chairman of the Executive Committee of TEFAF, and a member of the selection panel, which consists of TEFAF members and independent art specialists. “Showcase is now an established feature of the Fair and many visitors head straight for that section because they know that there are new dealers there.”

The conditions for applicants for TEFAF Showcase are:

- The gallery or dealer should be operating at a high level in their field.

- The gallery or dealer should have international standing.

- The gallery or dealer must have been in business for at least three but no more than ten years.

- All works of art to be exhibited will be pre-vetted.

The selected Showcase candidates for the Silver Jubilee edition of TEFAF Maastricht in 2012 are:

■ Didier Antiques, 66B Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BY. Didier Haspeslagh and Martine Newby Haspeslagh launched the gallery in 2006. It specializes in artist’s jewels by post-war painters and sculptors and silver and gold wares by leading 20th century designers and architects. Tel: +44 207 221 1573. E-mail: info@didierantiques.com . Website: www.didierantiques.com .

■ Fergus Hall – Master Paintings, 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH. Fergus Hall set up his independent dealership in 2008 and specializes in Old Masters, primarily 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings and British pictures from the 18th century. Tel: +44 207 493 4220.E-mail:Fergus@hallmasterpaintings.com. Website: www.hallmasterpaintings.com .

■ Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts, Falk Miksa u. 10, 1055 Budapest. This modern and contemporary art gallery focuses on the works of Hungarian artists who have lived in France such as Judit Reigl, Alfréd Réth and István Sándorfi. Tel: + 36 1 374 0774. E-mail: gallery@kalmanmaklaryfinearts.com . Website: www.kalmanmaklary.com

■ Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Via San Damiano 2, 20122 Milan. Giuseppe Piva deals in a range of Japanese works of art, including armor, helmets, swords, screens, netsuke and lacquers. Tel: + 39 023 656 4455. E-mail: info@giuseppepiva.com . Website: www.giuseppepiva.com .

■ Christophe de Quénetain, 36 Rue de Lübeck, 75116 Paris. Established in 2001, Christophe de Quénetain specializes in 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture and objects d’art. The gallery’s expertise also covers Old Master paintings and drawings from the same period. Tel: + 33 61 902 3280. E-mail: christophedequenetain@yahoo.fr Website: www.christophedequenetain.com

■ Vigo Gallery, 22 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4PY. This new contemporary gallery was set up by Thomas Williams and Toby Clarke in September 2011. Williams has been championing contemporary figurative artists since 1999 while Clarke was previously Director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society in London. Tel: + 44 207 491 1485. E-mail: tc@vigogallery.com . Website: www.vigogallery.com"