This year’s TEFAF New York Spring brings together 90 of the world’s top dealers in Modern and Contemporary art and design, with 24 new participants. Among them are names like Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Marian Goodman Gallery, Levy Gorvy and White Cube. The fair draws thousands of collectors, who benefit from the setting in one of the world’s most appealing cities, and on top of it, during the flowering of spring.
Longtime New Yorker Michael Plummer, co-managing director of TEFAF New York, shares some of his favorite places to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
What are you most looking forward to about this edition of TEFAF New York Spring?
Having such a such a high concentration of exceptional International dealers in a Fair at the Park Avenue Armory — it will be an unprecedented art event in New York.
How long have you been a New Yorker?
I moved to New York nearly 40 years ago, and have never wanted to live anywhere else. It was our passion to contribute to the cultural landscape of this great city that motivated Jeff Rabin and me to create the Joint Venture Partnership that brought the TEFAF Fair experience to New York.
What are your “can’t leave here without seeing this” recommendations for the city?
The Cloisters, Bethesda Fountain, the High Line and the new Whitney, Governor’s Island, The Met and MoMA and most definitely the 9-11 Memorial.
What is the most overrated thing people advise visitors to check out in New York?
Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
What restaurants and/or cafes would you recommend, and what makes them unique?
Sant Ambroeus on Madison if you want to imagine you are in Rome for lunch, Cafe Luxembourg if you want to be in Paris, or the Manhattan Cricket Club if you are looking for a speakeasy merged with a colonial gentlemen’s club. At the other end of the spectrum, Houston Hall, a massive beer hall in the West Village.
What would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in New York?
Weather permitting, bike along the Westside Highway down to the Battery, or on the loop around Central Park.
Where would you head for the best shopping, and what would you buy?
Soho — a leather jacket from John Varvatos…
Where would you recommend people stay when they visit? (i.e. favorite neighborhood, and/or favorite specific hotel/s?)
Depending upon the age of the visitor, if they were younger and looking for nightlife, I might suggest the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking district. If one were looking for luxury and quiet, I would recommend the Plaza or the Carlyle.
What are the best venues for seeing art in New York?
Drop into the Frick or the Neue Galerie, two of the most intimate settings in the world for viewing great masterworks.
What are the best places to buy art in New York?
TEFAF New York Spring and TEFAF New York Fall!
What are the ideal spots to see live music?
Carnegie Hall — the cheapest seats in the balcony have the best acoustics of any venue in the city.
What are your favorite bars to relax in after spending the day at the fair?
Donohue’s — an unpretentious Irish pub that is a long-standing art-world-insider hangout with surprisingly good food just down Lexington Avenue from the Armory.
Founder: Louise Blouin