TEFAF: New York
May 6 - 10, 2022
Park Avenue Armory
Join R & Company at TEFAF New York, May 6-10, as it presents a selection of masterworks that capture artistic innovation and unparalleled craftsmanship. Included are a range of 20th century works with exceptional provenance by Marcel Breuer, Jose Zanine Caldas, Wendell Castle, Lisa Johansson-Pape, Enzo Mari, and Joaquim Tenreiro, as well as captivating work by contemporary designers Rogan Gregory, Nancy Lorenz, Roberto Lugo, Richard Marquis, and Katie Stout. Jewelry by groundbreaking artist Arline Fisch will also be on display.
Among the major highlights is Wendell Castle’s 1978 Shearling Coat on Coat Rack. One of two Coat Racks made by Castle that year, the masterpiece represents the artist’s brief but extraordinary exploration of trompe l’oeil furniture, capturing his fascination with merging the functional and illusionistic.
R & Company will feature an extremely rare first edition of Italian modernist Enzo Mari’s ICS Table (1973). A radical conceptual thinker, Mari created the table as part of his legendary Metamobile series through which he offered diagrams of furniture that anyone could build with pine planks and nails. The project embraced the ethos of DIY furniture while encouraging deeper engagement with the process of making.
Another work of European modern design in the presentation is Marcel Breuer’s Long Chair (1935-39). The plywood Long Chair was the commercial backbone of the influential but short-lived Isokon Furniture Company, which Breuer co-founded with Jack Pritchard. The chair was immortalized in a series of clever advertisements, some of which were designed by László Moholy-Nagy.
Leading the group of contemporary objects are works by visionary artist Roberto Lugo, who joined the gallery in April 2022. Lugo reimagines ceramics through the lens of 21st century street sensibility, and R & Company’s TEFAF presentation will include two exemplary vessels by the artist: Street Pot: DMX and Pit Bulls and Amphora for Maria En Las Rocas.