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Top Contemporary Art Galleries in New York

July 23rd, 2019 Arts & Culture


Do your trips always include an “art museums to visit” bucket list? If that’s the case, New York won’t disappoint you. We have The MET, the Guggenheim and the MOMA. But what about galleries? Take a tour of the world’s best contemporary art at these trendy galleries. 

buildings-in-chelsea-with-street-mural-of-mother-theresa-and-gandhiChelsea Art Galleries

Chelsea is a neighborhood known for attracting the coolest and most creative minds of the past century. Back in the day, Hotel Chelsea (222 23rd Street W.) hosted Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Arthur C. Clarke and Jean-Paul Sartre. Today, Chelsea is a hotspot for contemporary art.

The area between 10th and 11th Avenues along 18th to 28th Streets houses art galleries of all sizes, styles and degrees of expertise. This means that while you may encounter works by world-famous artists, you’ll also have an opportunity to see for yourself the beginnings of artists in the making. Visit the Chelsea Gallery map website to learn which galleries are open and their current exhibits. The great news is that admission is free! 

If you can only visit a handful of galleries, we recommend these ones:
Gagosian Gallery
David Zwirner
Matthew Marks Gallery
Luhring Augustine

young-woman-in-contemporary-at-gallery-with-black-and-white-paintingsSoHo Art Galleries

SoHo is popular for its high-end and boutique shopping options, as well as celebrity sightings. But it’s contemporary art scene has been growing for many decades now. This corner of New York is preferred by artists in search of wide lofts to turn into creative studios. In fact, most of the galleries you’ll come across are exactly that, giving the experience an urban and chic twist. 

The best way to appreciate SoHo’s artistic offering is by spending an afternoon exploring the area. Most galleries are located between E Houston Street and Grand Street, and Thompson Street and Broadway. Some of the most popular galleries are: 
Eden Fine Art
Gallery Revel
Soho Photo Gallery
The Color Factory

As we mentioned earlier, any tour of New York’s finest art must include its top museums. These world-renowned museums feature everything from ancient artwork to modern objects and conceptual designs. For more NYC travel trips, follow The New Yorker Hotel blog.

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