New York City has it all, bright lights, hustle and bustle, fashion, fun and a thriving arts scene that rivals none. Here are some of the galleries that in our opinion (and the opinion of the in-the-know New Yorkers) you shouldn’t miss.
Allegra LaViola Gallery
Emphasising the importance of a broad artistic perspective, Allegra LaViola plays host to both painting and conceptual artwork. Well known among the NY art crowd for its engaging installations and performance series, this little gallery offers up a vibrant slice of the New York art scene.
179 East Broadway, NY 10002
Tel: 917 463 3901
Open: Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 6pm, Sunday 1 – 6pm and by appointment
Combining art and technology, Eyebeam is probably the city’s most high-tech exhibition space. Hosting lectures, participatory workshops and live performances, as well as free exhibitions, this Chelsea gallery-come-lab encourages experimentation across an incredibly broad spectrum of media.
540 W 21st St, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 937 6580
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm
The Flag Foundation
Up on the 9th and 10th floors of the Chelsea Arts Tower, The Flag Foundation is a sleek modern exhibition space for professionally curated contemporary art. Showing a mixture of established and emerging artists, this is a great place to immerse yourself in thought provoking and engaging work.
545 West 25th Street (9th floor), NY 10001
Tel: (212) 206 0220
Open: Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm
Kate Werble Gallery
Young gallerist Kate Werble has attracted a fair amount of attention over the last few years; collecting together some of the city’s most inventive up-and-coming artists and winning the top curatorial spot in the New Art Dealers Alliance show in Miami. Opened in 2008 in West Soho, this is one of our favourite paces to see fantastic conceptual work.
83 Vandam Street, NY 10013
TEL: (212) 352-9700
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm
Founded by Amelia Abdullahsani and Lauren Scott Miller, Lu Magnus was created as an “art laboratory” with an emphasis on cross-collaborations between both different mediums of art as well as the artists themselves. Fusing fine art, film, music, dance, fashion and food, the exhibitions here are a five sensory affair.
55 Hester Street, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 677 6555
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 6pm and by appointment
With around 10,000 square feet of space set over two floors, an outdoor sculpture terrace, soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light, the Malborough Chelsea boasts one of New York City’s best exhibition spaces. Showing a broad range of contemporary artwork, from large-scale sculpture to innovative artwork and photography, the Chelsea branch of this gallery chain is well worth a visit.
545 West 25th Street (1st and 2nd floors), NY 10001
Tel: (212) 463 8634
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm
Housed in a large Neo-Romanesque building in Long Island City, MoMA PS1 is widely recognised as one of New York’s most progressive and experimental art galleries. Seeing itself as a catalyst for discussion and debate, MoMA PS1 is always on the lookout for new artists, genres and projects to exhibit. Expect to see adventurous artworks hidden around every corner of the museum.
22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel: (718) 784 2084
Open: Thursday – Monday 12 – 6pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
The Powerhouse Arena
Founded by PowerHouse Publishers, this light and airy loft-like gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, is an events area, book store and exhibition space all rolled into one. A central staircase rises up under 24-foot ceilings to a large mezzanine gallery which features a rotating roster of exhibitions by some of the city’s hottest talent. The Powerhouse Arena is one gallery not to be missed.
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (718) 666-3049
Open: Monday to Wednesday 10am – 7pm, Thursday to Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 7pm
Set in a sleek glass-fronted gallery on the Lower East Side, Participant Inc is committed to interdisciplinary art and mixed media. Bringing together digital and interactive pieces, literature, performance art, and installations to create experimental and progressive exhibitions, this is a great place to catch the up-and-coming artistic elite.
253 East Houston Street (ground floor), NY 10002
Tel: (212) 254-4334
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 7pm
Red Hook Gallery – Dustin Yellin
Probably the freshest, most ambitious exhibition space to hit New York City in quite some time, artist Dustin Yellin’s brand new gallery The Red Hook is housed in a massive 24,000 square foot warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Established with the hope of inspiring and nourishing young artists, we can’t wait to see what exciting new talent this gallery uncovers.
499 Van Brunt Street Red Hook Brooklyn NY 11231
Tel: (718) 596-2506/7
Open: weekends only 1pm-6PM