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UPCOMING: TEFAF MAASTRICHT

The entrance to the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, 2018. Courtesy TEFAF

TEFAF in Maastricht is the world's pre-eminent fair for fine art, antiques, and design, with dealers bringing objects that cover 7000 years of art history, from antiquity to the present day. The fair has done much to boost its modern and contemporary offerings in recent years, and while its nearly 300 exhibitors specialise in everything from vellum-manuscripts to Inuit weaponry, their diversity is united by their superior quality, whatever their particular expertise. Corfield Morris are offering private tours throughout its 12-day run; email us through the link below if you are interested to join us!

TEFAF Maastricht, 14th - 24th March, in Maastricht, the Netherlands

BILL VIOLA/ MICHELANGELO

Bill Viola/ Michelangelo at the Royal Academy of Arts, London...

What were the Royal Academy thinking pairing Michelangelo Buonarroti with the video artist Bill Viola? Could such a pairing ever have been a success? Yes might have been the answer if the majority of the exhibition had been works by the Renaissance Master. As it is, the ratio of M:V is 1:8 and as a result the show tanks, quite literally. The underwater footage of submerged participants holding their breath is macabre but only in a voyeuristic way. There is no core here despite the grandiloquent subtitle ‘birth, life, death’. The works of Michelangelo included are hardly his most impressive; a few small scale pieces from the Royal Collection. This is a classic case of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Thankfully it appears that the public did not fall for it, given the poor attendance figures for the show. Could do better next time.

POSTWAR & CONTEMPORARY SALES, LONDON

Cady Noland, Untitled, 1989. Silkscreen ink on aluminium, 122 x 305 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's, London

Sometimes absence is the most powerful presence. This major work by Cady Noland, the notoriously elusive artist who has not been photographed or interviewed for decades, appears in Sotheby's catalogue with an awkwardly-put caveat: 'Ms. Noland has not been asked for nor has she given the rights to any photographs of her works or verified their accuracy or authenticity.', an example of the extraordinary legal wranglings that dealers and auction houses have to engage with to present, let alone sell, Noland's work. What is more amazing though, is that the art is worth it: in the age we are living in there is almost no other who has been more prescient, incisive and accurate.

Estimate: £400,000 - 600,000, at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction, 5th March, 2019

Thomas Struth, Paradise 24 (Sao Francisco de Xavier), 2001. C-print on plexiglass, 220 x 279 cm. Ed. 10.

Taken in the deepest depths of the jungle, as far from civilisation as possible, Thomas Struth's 'Paradise' works show those parts of the world that feel like reality has given way to abstraction. Presented on an epic scale and with extraordinary visual richness, humanity feels like it is long forgotten, or perhaps yet to exist. These masterworks of German photography have historically sold for close to £100,000, which makes the low £30,000 - 40,000 estimate that Sotheby's have given particularly tempting.

Estimate: £30,000 - 40,000, at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Auction, 6th March, 2019