TNY22, exercise room. Photo by David Benthal.

By DARYL KINGNovember 2022

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) gave me a great excuse to return to the Upper East Side, originally the land of the mega-rich and their friends only. Without its museums and art fairs, I would have no other excuse to venture so far north, not even to visit old classmates. This year’s art fair marked the return to regularity. TEFAF showcased fine art, antiques and design with a major social event at Park Avenue Armory, funded by Bank of America.

For underground insiders, Bank of America is synonymous with the extreme extreme of corporate capitalization. Nevertheless, the institution has become responsible for many artistic and cultural initiatives. TEFAF New York is new, being only 6 years old, but still managed to bring 91 galleries to New York. The non-profit foundation employed Tom Postma Design to design the multi-level engagement with the historic space. Content exposure spanned the entire Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the first and second floors of the Armory’s period rooms.

The fair offered a time when beautiful things could have been bought or admired. With the passing of the former head of the British monarchy, I immediately thought of Andre Leon Talley, an untitled queen, as I thought of other personalities who died this year. I also realized that we are living through a new creative revolution and that my dreams are no longer the same.

I heard of the English Queens passing away, having faced the anguish of dealing with lifelong Queer Black stereotypes in New York, yet being Guyanese. I remember thinking to myself that I must be worse than desperate to get there because my dream of living a fabulous lifestyle and traveling for business between Brooklyn, London and Stockholm didn’t come true until I was 26 years.

Aphrodite, the so-called Venus Genitrix. 1st century AD, marble, 125 x 38 x 36 cm (49.2 x 15 x 14.2 in). Galerie Chenel presents a marble work from the 1st century AD, Aphrodite, known as Venus genetrix. The work was previously in the Pamphilij collection, in the gardens of Villa Pamphilij Rome.

Now that I’m 34 in 2022, I can’t help but ponder, especially after reading “On The Exaggerated Reports of the Decline In British Fiction” by Jennifer Hodgson and Patricia Waugh. It is definitely worth reading, as I realized that I had gained a new awareness of royalty that started in college. In terms of hindsight and actual relevance, I even spent time with International Royalty. However, I became more aware of the anarchist, indigenous and indigenous movements. As my struggle as a creator grew, so did the struggle of many people around the world. In the context of all this commotion, Bank of America has funded more than 1,500 nonprofit cultural institutions, making it the world’s leading patron of the arts.

Their focus on education and enrichment has even extended to a new program to offer real estate financing with no down payment or closing costs, as long as the location is in a minority neighborhood. These are all strategic efforts the Bank has made to prevent any form of whistleblowing, proudly displaying the badge of its commitment to environmentalism and socialism: pledging $15 billion towards reasonable ownership by 2025, raise the hourly wage to $25, and allocate $1 billion to solving racial inequality. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined the bank $100 million for mismanaging state unemployment benefits during the pandemic, when families needed help the most. The bank has frozen some customers’ accounts through a flawed fraud detection program, underscoring the fragility of our growing reliance on fintech to operate. In another case, the bank was also fined $125 million.

The Montefiore Manz Mahzor, Germany, circa 1310-1320. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, 10.2 x 40.6 x 30.5 cm (4 x 16 x 12 in). In one of TEFAF’s creative spaces, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston will present this precious cultural, religious and research object. With funding from TEFAF, the MFAH will preserve, using culturally appropriate methods, this festival prayer book and one of the few Hebrew “illuminated manuscripts” still in existence. NOT FOR SALE, RECIPIENT OF TEFAF MUSEUM RESTORATION FUND GRANT.

As the arts industry grows at an even faster rate than it originally would have, we all collectively benefit from the profound influence of Bank of America. Their history of mismanagement is waging its private war with the reputation the bank seeks with its public. Faced with the loss of the right to abortion, in some states of the United States, imagine being an Iranian woman, who has suddenly become at the forefront of the international women’s rights movement. These are some of the key events in recent history that shape contemporary art. In the past, art was widely seen as something children of color should avoid. Not only will your emotions be hurt, but the market is largely based on subjectivity, resulting in a lack of administrative and legal enforcement at all levels. Otherwise, the art industry, as it currently exists, would not exist.

Without the living patronage of certain people, our worlds crumble, as we saw in the case of the aforementioned queens. However, their influence on our past lives determines the decisions made in the future. We may never know what the consequences of our actions will be. Recognizing that we are powerless in this regard could be the answer.

TEFAF itself is dedicated to the conservation and protection of cultural heritage. He serves as a benefactor to museums and conservation causes. “…the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund is an annual grant established to support and promote the professional restoration and related scientific research of significant museum works of art. Recently, TEFAF announced that the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is a recipient of the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund. With this funding, the MFAH will preserve, using culturally appropriate methods, the Montefiore Mainz Mahzor (c. 1310-1320), a festival prayer book and one of the few Hebrew “illuminated manuscripts” – books written hand with painted decorations – still for sale. existence.” WM