Calling all art-lovers: if you ever find yourself with a free day in New York City, bookmark this page, pack your day bag, and prepare to embark on the most incredible, eye-opening art gallery crawl you will ever encounter! These galleries are not only within walking distance of each other – you’ll also be exposed to an enormous variety of different artworks from widely contrasting artists. Here is a comprehensive list of art galleries that you simply cannot pass up:
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Stop #1: Paul Kasmin Gallery (515 W 27 St.)
The Paul Kasmin Gallery, with three locations in Chelsea, represents multiple generations of internationally recognized painters, sculptors, photographers, and filmmakers. It often exhibits the work of historic Modernist and Post-War artists that are in constant dialogue with mid-career contemporary pieces. It recently held its inaugural exhibition of acclaimed photographer Robert Polidori, which was the first U.S. show to feature Polidori’s “dendritic cities” images.
Upcoming Show: “Impasse Ronsin” – October 28, 2016 through January 14, 2017
A collection of artwork by several seminal 20th century artists.
Stop #2: James Cohan Gallery (533 W 26 St.)
The James Cohan Gallery features contemporary art by American and international artists. Its program includes solo exhibitions of gallery artists and two thematic group exhibitions each year. Previously, the gallery featured art by the multidisciplinary Chinese artist Xu Zhen as well as a group exhibition by late 19th and early 20th century artists (including Jean-Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard).
Current Show: “My Business is Circumference” – October 14, 2016 through November 26, 2016
Artist Spencer Finch’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, including three installations in addition to a collection of works on paper that emphasize the ubiquity of nature’s small wonders.
Stop #3: The Pace Gallery (510 W 25th St.)
Pace is another leading contemporary art gallery, founded in Boston by Arne Glimcher in 1960. The gallery represents many influential international artists and estates of the 20th and 21st centuries. Today, Pace has nine locations worldwide (three of which are located in New York) and has mounted more than 800 exhibitions. Most recently, it showed a group exhibition called “Blackness in Abstraction”, curated by Adrienne Edwards. This exhibition featured artworks by an international group of artists and traced the persistent presence of the color black in art from the 1940s.
Current Show: “Night” – September 16, 2016 through October 22, 2016
A collection by Michal Rovner (b. 1957), an Israeli artist focusing on video, sculpture, drawing, and sound installation whose art has been exhibited in over 60 solo exhibitions.
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Stop #4: Gagosian Gallery (555 W 24th St.)
The Gagosian Gallery, one of the most renowned art galleries in New York, is owned and directed by Armenian American contemporary art dealer Larry Gagosian. There are five locations in New York alone. The most recent exhibition held at this Gagosian Gallery was Taryn Simon’s research-driven “Paperwork and the Will of Capital”, a collection of 12 unique sculptures and 36 editioned photographs. These artworks, each encompassing the countries present at the 1944 United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, examine treaties and documents drafted to influence systems of governance and economics.
Currently Show: “Every Which Way” – May 7, 2016 through October 22, 2016
A collection by Richard Serra (b. 1938), featuring four new large-scale steel sculptures and an Installation Drawing by the artist, whose first solo exhibitions were held in 1966.
Stop #5: Mary Boone Gallery (541 W 24 St.)
The Mary Boone Gallery was founded in 1977 in New York. With two current locations in New York, it represents distinguished contemporary artists hailing from all regions of the world. A few of its past shows include “Life of Forms” by Doug Ashford, Andrea Büttner, Jimmie Durham, Pam Lins, Nora Schultz, and Amy Sillman, “Works from 1964 to 2016” by Robert Barry, and “Dicks of Death” by Judith Bernstein.
Currently Show: “Out of Sight” – September 10, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Description: Tomoo Gokita’s signature collection, featuring colorless but distinctive paintings rendered in a range of black, gray, and white.
Stop #6: Anna Zorina Gallery (533 W 23 St.)
The Anna Zorina Gallery, established in 2013, is a contemporary art gallery devoted to the presentation of powerful positive images. It represents artists who engage with the world through strong and constructive response to aesthetic, cultural, and personal questions. Previously, it hosted Alonsa Guevara’s “Ceremonies”, Bradley Hart’s “Summer Hours”, and Leah Yerpe’s “Levitation”.
Current Show: “Naked Revolt” – Oct 6, 2016 through Nov 12, 2016
Nadine Faraj’s debut solo exhibition, featuring a series of watercolors showing the artist’s exploration of protest and sacred sexuality.
Stop #7: Lehmann Maupin Gallery (536 W 22 St.)
The Lehmann Maupin Gallery supports artists’ whose work has left a legacy on contemporary art and culture. It is committed to exhibiting its artists’ work on an international scale and has given some of the most highly respected contemporary artists their first solo exhibitions in New York. Lehmann Maupin’s most recent exhibition at this location featured a solo exhibition of new work by “Mr.”, titled “Sunset in My Heart”, which highlighted the repercussions of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster.
Current Show: “Silence of the Music” – September 8, 2016 to October 22, 2016
A collection by Brazilian artist duo “OSGEMEOS”, also known as twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. The gallery has transformed multiple rooms into an immersive installation combining drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture, and kinetic and audio elements.
The city abounds with art galleries that are sure to inspire. You just have to know where to go! And now that you do, there’s no excuse not to go see the world’s most renowned pieces of art – all in a day’s trip.
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