New York Art Guide

The exact date that New York became the perceived centre of the Western art world is debatable. Some say it was in the early 1940s—during World War II—when a number of European artists immigrated to the United States. Others argue that it was not until Abstract Expressionism was established later that decade. Regardless, over 70 years after Willem de Kooning had his first solo gallery exhibition at Charles Egan Gallery on 57th Street in 1948, New York remains an art world powerhouse.

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One reason for New York's significance is the city's many well-endowed cultural institutions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870, houses a behemoth collection that encompasses over two million works of art made over a period of 5,000 years. Devoted to the evolving story of contemporary art around the world, The Museum of Modern Art holds 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance art works, architectural models and drawings, designed objects, and films.

Other notable institutions dedicated to modern and contemporary art include the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. MoMA PS1—an offshoot of the stalwart Museum of Modern Art—has been one of the largest American non-profit art institutions since its establishment in 1971, while The Met Breuer—the recently opened annex to The Metropolitan Museum of Art—provides ample opportunity to encounter 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces on Madison Avenue.

The concentration of galleries in New York is perhaps most important to its status in the art world. In total, the city is estimated to contain close to 1,500 galleries. These galleries range from blue chip institutions to non-profit art spaces and artist-run initiatives. While these spaces are spread out across the city's five boroughs, many of them can be found in the following six neighbourhoods: Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho, 57th Street, Williamsburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint, and Dumbo.

Chelsea—a former industrial neighbourhood ripe with wide-open warehouse spaces along the far west side of Manhattan between 14th and 34th Streets—is home to mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Pace, Anton Kern, Gladstone, Marianne Boesky, and Lehmann Maupin, among many, many others. DIA Chelsea—the New York branch of the DIA Foundation—is one of the notable non-profit spaces in the area.

The Lower East Side is often cited as home to the more avantgarde or experimental spaces. These include Bodega, Chapter NY, CANADA, JTT, 47 Canal, Invisible Exports, Zach Feuer Gallery, 33 Orchard, Foxy Productions, and Sargent's Daughters. More traditional contemporary art galleries—such as Sperone Westwater and Lehmann Maupin—also have strong presences in the neighbourhood. Extending from Chinatown to Houston Street, the art scene centres around Manhattan's only museum devoted to contemporary art: the New Museum on the Bowery. Recently opened spaces in the area include the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, located in a century-old building previously designed for Consolidated Edison and later used as the home and studio of Walter De Maria until his death in 2013.

Adjacent to the Lower East Side is the gallery district of Soho, once the thriving center of the avantgarde. Though not the epicentre it once was, significant current residents include the Drawing Center, Team Gallery, Jeffery Deitch, and Walter De Maria's Earth Room.

57th street and the Upper East Side have similarly ceded dominion over the art world, but continue to house internationally renowned galleries. These are Pace, Gagosian, and Salon 94, among others, as well as standalone institutions such as Craig F Starr, Acquavella Galleries, Half Gallery, and Venus Over Manhattan.

The six neighbourhoods listed above are also home to the city's auction houses, with Christie's located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Sotheby's at 72nd street and York Avenue, and Phillips on Park Avenue.

If you really want to see where the cool kids hang, visit the sprawling neighbourhood of Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick, which in recent years has become the centre of the art, music, and food scenes in New York. Notable galleries include Front Room, Sideshow, Soloway Fine Art, and Figureworks. Dumbo—another neighbourhood in Brooklyn—holds more studio spaces than it does galleries, but it is worth visiting the art spaces—among them Art in General and AIR—if only for views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges just down the street.

Further into the borough, the evolving Brooklyn Museum has been making a splash in the art world since 1999, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the institution for its exhibition Sensation. It had included Chris Ofili's now-iconic The Holy Virgin Mary (1996), a work that depicted the Madonna as a black woman made of elephant dung. New York, as residents know, has never been afraid to confront the powers-that-be with revolutionary culture, and that remains true today, even in an increasingly safe and wealthy metropolis.


Current Exhibition | New York
22 June–23 August 2020
Hiroshi Senju

Beginnings

Sundaram Tagore Gallery View Exhibition
Hiroshi Senju, Waterfall (2020). Natural pigments on Japanese mulberry paper mounted on board. 182 x 455 cm. Courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery. 
Beginnings
Current Exhibition | New York
19 June–24 July 2020
Group Exhibition

ecofeminism(s)

Thomas Erben Gallery View Exhibition
Jessica Segall, A Thirsty Person, Having Found a Spring, Stops to Drink, Does Not Contemplate Its Beauty (2011). Performance/video still, archival print. Courtesy Thomas Erben. 
ecofeminism(s)
Current Exhibition | New York
21 May–11 July 2020
Isca Greenfield-Sanders
Miles McEnery Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York (21 May–11 July 2020). Courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery. 
Isca Greenfield-Sanders
Current Exhibition | New York
21 May–11 July 2020
Phillip Allen
Miles McEnery Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Phillip Allen, Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York (21 May–11 July 2020). Courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery.
Phillip Allen
Current Exhibition | New York
12 March–11 July 2020
Donald Judd

Artwork: 1980

Gagosian View Exhibition
Donald Judd, untitled (1980). Plywood. 12 x 80 x 4 feet / 3.7 x 24.4 x 1.2 m. © 2020 Judd Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Gagosian. Photo: Rob McKeever.
Artwork: 1980
Current Exhibition | New York
7 March–24 July 2020
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Eva Presenhuber View Exhibition
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Current Exhibition | New York
6 March–14 August 2020
Julian Schnabel

The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky

Pace Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Julian Schnabel, The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky, Pace Gallery, New York (6 March–14 August 2020). ©️ Julian Schnabel. Courtesy Pace Gallery.
The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky
Current Exhibition | New York
5 March–31 July 2020
Al Taylor

Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works

David Zwirner View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Al Taylor, A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works, David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, New York (5 March–31 July 2020). Courtesy David Zwirner.
Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works
Current Exhibition | New York
5 March–14 August 2020
Noland

Flares

Pace Gallery View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Noland, Flares, Pace Gallery, New York (5 March–14 August 2020). © The Kenneth Noland Foundation. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

Flares
Current Exhibition | New York
5 March–28 August 2020
Lari Pittman

Found Buried

Lehmann Maupin View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Lari Pittman, Found Buried, Lehmann Maupin, New York (5 March–28 August 2020). © Lari Pittman. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Photo: Matthew Herrmann.

Found Buried
Current Exhibition | New York
5 March–4 September 2020
Kimber Smith

Paintings: 1967 – 1980

Cheim & Read View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Kimber Smith, Paintings: 1967 – 1980, Cheim & Read, New York (5 March–4 September 2020). Courtesy Cheim & Read.
Paintings: 1967 – 1980
Current Exhibition | New York
4 March–31 July 2020
Mamma Andersson

The Lost Paradise

David Zwirner View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Mamma Andersson, The Lost Paradise, David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York (4 March–31 July 2020). Courtesy David Zwirner.

The Lost Paradise
Current Exhibition | New York
28 February–14 August 2020
Arlene Shechet

Skirts

Pace Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Arlene Shechet, Skirts, Pace Gallery, New York (28 February–14 August 2020). © Arlene Shechet. Courtesy Pace Gallery.
Skirts
Current Exhibition | New York
28 February–14 August 2020
Paul Graham

The Seasons

Pace Gallery View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Paul Graham, The Seasons, Pace Gallery, New York (28 February–14 August 2020). © Paul Graham. Courtesy Pace Gallery.
The Seasons
Current Exhibition | New York
24 January–31 July 2020
Doug Wheeler
David Zwirner View Exhibition
Doug Wheeler, 49 Nord 6 Est 68 Ven 12 FL (2011–2012). Exhibition view: Doug Wheeler, David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York (24 January–31 July 2020). © Doug Wheeler. Courtesy Doug Wheeler and David Zwirner.
Doug Wheeler
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
3–19 July 2020
Yoshitomo Nara

After all I'm cosmic dust

Pace Gallery View Exhibition

Yoshitomo Nara, Play the thinker (2020) (detail). © Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy Pace Gallery.

After all I'm cosmic dust
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
6–31 July 2020
Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey.

Hauser & Wirth View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Jack Whitten, Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey, Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York (6–31 July 2020). © Jack Whitten Estate. Courtesy the Jack Whitten Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Genevieve Hanson.
Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey.
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
6–31 July 2020
Catherine Opie

Rhetorical Landscapes

Lehmann Maupin View Exhibition
Catherine Opie, Untitled #1 (Swamps) (2019) (detail). Pigment print. 101.6 x 152.4 cm. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.
Rhetorical Landscapes
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
6–31 July 2020
Larry Bell

Still Standing

Hauser & Wirth View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Larry Bell, Still Standing, Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York (6–31 July 2020). © Larry Bell. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Dan Bradica.
Still Standing
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
6–31 July 2020
Leo Amino

The Visible and the Invisible

David Zwirner View Exhibition
Leo Amino at the opening for his 1971 exhibition Leo Amino: “Refractional” Plastic Sculpture 1945–1970, Sculpture Center, New York (detail). Courtesy David Zwirner.
The Visible and the Invisible
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
9 July–14 August 2020
Guillaume Ziccarelli

The Holy Third Gender: Kinnar Sadhu

Perrotin View Exhibition
Guillaume Ziccarelli, Shalu, Manisha, Rishika (2020) (detail). Courtesy the artist and Perrotin.
The Holy Third Gender: Kinnar Sadhu
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
10 July–10 August 2020
Group Exhibition

I Want to Eat the Sunset. We're Talking About the Cosmos, Even. And Love, I guess.

Almine Rech View Exhibition
I Want to Eat the Sunset. We're Talking About the Cosmos, Even. And Love, I guess.
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
10 July–10 August 2020
Joe Andoe

Rolling Hills

Almine Rech View Exhibition
Joe Andoe, Stag 4/25/20 (2020). Oil on linen. 155.6 x 139.1 cm. © Joe Andoe. Courtesy the Artist and Almine Rech. Photo: Dan Bradica.
Rolling Hills
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
13 July–14 August 2020
Group Exhibition

Noplace

P·P·O·W Gallery View Exhibition
Courtesy P.P.O.W. Gallery.
Noplace
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
5–16 August 2020
Torkwase Dyson
Pace Gallery View Exhibition
Courtesy Pace Gallery.
Torkwase Dyson
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
9 September–17 October 2020
GaHee Park
Perrotin View Exhibition
© GaHee Park. Courtesy Perrotin.
GaHee Park
Upcoming Exhibition | New York
28 October–19 December 2020
Zach Harris
Perrotin View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Zach Harris

Current Exhibitions In New York

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Contemporary art exhibition, Hiroshi Senju, Beginnings at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
22 June–23 August 2020 Hiroshi Senju Beginnings Sundaram Tagore GalleryChelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ecofeminism(s) at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
19 June–24 July 2020 Group Exhibition ecofeminism(s) Thomas Erben GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Isca Greenfield-Sanders at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
21 May–11 July 2020 Isca Greenfield-Sanders Miles McEnery Gallery525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Phillip Allen, Phillip Allen at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
21 May–11 July 2020 Phillip Allen Miles McEnery Gallery520 West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Donald Judd, Artwork: 1980 at Gagosian, New York
12 March–11 July 2020 Donald Judd Artwork: 1980 GagosianWest 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder at Eva Presenhuber, New York
7 March–24 July 2020 Jean-Frédéric Schnyder Jean-Frédéric Schnyder Eva PresenhuberNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Schnabel, The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky at Pace Gallery, New York
6 March–14 August 2020 Julian Schnabel The Patch of Blue the Prisoner Calls the Sky Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Al Taylor, Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works at David Zwirner, New York
5 March–31 July 2020 Al Taylor Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works David Zwirner20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Noland, Flares at Pace Gallery, New York
5 March–14 August 2020 Noland Flares Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lari Pittman, Found Buried at Lehmann Maupin, New York
5 March–28 August 2020 Lari Pittman Found Buried Lehmann Maupin501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kimber Smith, Paintings: 1967 – 1980 at Cheim & Read, New York
5 March–4 September 2020 Kimber Smith Paintings: 1967 – 1980 Cheim & ReadNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mamma Andersson, The Lost Paradise at David Zwirner, New York
4 March–31 July 2020 Mamma Andersson The Lost Paradise David Zwirner19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Arlene Shechet, Skirts at Pace Gallery, New York
28 February–14 August 2020 Arlene Shechet Skirts Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Graham, The Seasons at Pace Gallery, New York
28 February–14 August 2020 Paul Graham The Seasons Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Doug Wheeler, Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner, New York
24 January–31 July 2020 Doug Wheeler David Zwirner19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yoshitomo Nara, After all I'm cosmic dust at Pace Gallery, New York
3–19 July 2020 Yoshitomo Nara After all I'm cosmic dust Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jack Whitten, Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. at Hauser & Wirth, New York
6–31 July 2020 Jack Whitten Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. Hauser & Wirth69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Catherine Opie, Rhetorical Landscapes at Lehmann Maupin, New York
6–31 July 2020 Catherine Opie Rhetorical Landscapes Lehmann Maupin501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Still Standing at Hauser & Wirth, New York
6–31 July 2020 Larry Bell Still Standing Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Leo Amino, The Visible and the Invisible at David Zwirner, New York
6–31 July 2020 Leo Amino The Visible and the Invisible David Zwirner20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Guillaume Ziccarelli, The Holy Third Gender: Kinnar Sadhu at Perrotin, New York
9 July–14 August 2020 Guillaume Ziccarelli The Holy Third Gender: Kinnar Sadhu PerrotinNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Joe Andoe, Rolling Hills at Almine Rech, New York
10 July–10 August 2020 Joe Andoe Rolling Hills Almine RechNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Noplace at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
13 July–14 August 2020 Group Exhibition Noplace P·P·O·W GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Torkwase Dyson, Torkwase Dyson at Pace Gallery, New York
5–16 August 2020 Torkwase Dyson Pace GalleryNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, GaHee Park, GaHee Park at Perrotin, New York
9 September–17 October 2020 GaHee Park PerrotinNew York
Contemporary art exhibition, Zach Harris, Zach Harris at Perrotin, New York
28 October–19 December 2020 Zach Harris PerrotinNew York

Ocula Member Galleries In New York

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Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai
Beyer Projects contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Beyer Projects New York
Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo
Chambers Fine Art contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Chambers Fine Art New York, Beijing
Cheim & Read contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Cheim & Read New York
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 20th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 69th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong
Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Eva Presenhuber Zurich, New York
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 976 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in Park & 75, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in West 21st Street, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in West 24th Street, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong
Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
Galerie Buchholz contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Galerie Buchholz Berlin, Cologne, New York
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in 22nd Street, New York, USA Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in 69th Street, New York, USA Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, Seoul
Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 501 West 24th Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, Seoul
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy New York, London, Hong Kong, Zurich
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in West 24th Street, New York, USA Lisson Gallery London, New York, Shanghai
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in 10th Avenue, New York, USA Lisson Gallery London, New York, Shanghai
Marian Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris, London
Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York
Metro Pictures contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Metro Pictures New York
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Pace Gallery New York, London, Geneva, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing
Parkett contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Parkett Zurich, New York
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York
Sundaram Tagore Gallery contemporary art gallery in Madison Avenue, New York, USA Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, Hong Kong, Singapore
Sundaram Tagore Gallery contemporary art gallery in Chelsea, New York, USA Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, Hong Kong, Singapore
Timothy Taylor contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Timothy Taylor London, New York
Tina Kim Gallery contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Tina Kim Gallery New York

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