At European art fair, collectors increasingly seek Jewish objects (JTA)

Gold travelling Hanukkah menorah

Gold travelling Hanukkah menorah. (Courtesy of John Endlich Antiquairs)

Collector interest in art objects with Jewish content and themes is on the rise at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), a major annual event with nearly 275 galleries selling everything from ancient sculpture to Rembrandt paintings to photography and modern art. The fair, often hailed as the “world’s premier fair for pre-21st century artworks,” held in the southern tip of the Netherlands, runs through March 22.

“Ten years ago there was hardly anything at all, and now there are several stands and some stands with groupings in [Jewish] objects. Clearly that would not be the case if people wouldn’t be buying them,” said Eike Schmidt, the James Ford Bell curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

My full article “At European art fair, collectors increasingly seek Jewish objects” appears in Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).

Update: The piece has also run in the Jewish Journal of LA, Times of Israel, and New Jersey Jewish Standard.

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