Axel Rüger, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague

March 17, 2014 @ TEFAF

TEFAF Maastricht, which bills itself as "the world's leading art and antiques fair" (through Mar. 23), features antiques, rare books, maps, jewelry, old master works, modern and contemporary art, photography, ceramics and design. The 27th edition of The European Fine Art Fair offers some 30,000 works of art presented by 275 exhibitors from 20 countries. "Without doubt, TEFAF is the most interesting art fair in the world," first-time exhibitor Paul Kasmin, of New York, told A.i.A. on opening day. "It's the one where you see the most exquisite objects from all different ages and all different mediums. There's nothing else quite like it. Everyone brings the best work they possibly can."

Highlights this year include a rare 1663 painting of a nurse and a child by Jacob Ochtervelt at Johnny van Haeften (London); a colorful 1887 Van Gogh painting of a windmill at Simon C. Dickinson (London); dynamic Alexander Calder sculptures at Kukje Gallery (Seoul), Van de Weghe (New York), Vedovi (Brussels) and other galleries; Andy Warhol paintings and drawings from all periods of his oeuvre at multiple stands; the experimental '60s work of Gutai artist Tsuyoshi Maekawa at Axel Vervoordt; and a newly mined 53-carat yellow diamond at Graff.

—Photos by Paul Laster.