Nanne Dekking has been appointed as the new chairman of the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), which hosts the annual Maastricht fair in the Netherlands, and, as of 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. He succeeds Willem van Roijen, who will continue to serve on the organization’s board of trustees.
“In a new chairman of TEFAF, the board of trustees and the EC looked for a supporter of change who has broad experience in both the institutional and private sectors of the art market,” Willem van Roijen said. “Nanne Dekking has these qualities in abundance. In addition, Nanne has lived and worked in New York since 1996 so his knowledge of the US market, a key market for TEFAF and our dealer community, will be invaluable for driving the TEFAF organization forward.”
Dekking previously served as vice chairman and worldwide head of private sales at Sotheby’s, and worked for Wildenstein & Co. for eleven years. In 2015, he cofounded Artory, a service which compiles provenance information on individual artworks. “I am of course excited that TEFAF selected someone who is not a dealer, but rather a change agent for the industry as their chairman,” Dekking told the Art Newspaper. “It says a lot about TEFAF’s goal to become an even more trusted marketplace.”