The world of fine art isn’t solely relegated to museums. In fact, in Manhattan, you’re just as likely to find an artist whose work fascinates you in one of the city’s countless galleries as you are at The Met or MoMA. From the Meatpacking District to Midtown, these charming and intimate spaces are the perfect places to discover the work of new artists or check out the latest pieces from the stars of the art world:
David Zwirner Gallery | 525 West 19th Street
Home to one of the most dynamic collections on the globe, this Chelsea gallery is world-renowned for its sharp curation and its constantly evolving exhibitions. During a trip to David Zwirner Gallery, you can enjoy works from a diverse array of artists including Richard Serra, Alice Neel, Jeff Koons, R. Crumb, and Dan Flavin, as well as exhibitions from Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Llyn Foulkes, and Raymond Pettibon.
Gagosian Gallery | 555 West 24th Street
Larry Gagosian has long been one of New York’s preeminent gallerists, and with the talent he regularly hosts at Gagosian Gallery, it’s no wonder why. A trip to Gagosian Gallery in New York is sure to delight, with work from Anselm Kiefer, Robert Therrien, Ed Ruscha, Taryn Simon, and Carsten Höller on display this spring.
Hauser & Wirth | 548 West 22nd Street
Operating from an outpost in Chelsea and one on the Upper East Side, Hauser & Wirth has been showcasing the work of some of the world’s most talented artists since it opened its doors in Zurich in 1992. Just four years later, the gallery moved to its first New York City location, where it has represented artists like Ron Mueck, Jenny Holzer, Takesada Matusutani, and Roman Signer over the past 20 years. If you find yourself in Manhattan, make sure to visit the August Sander exhibition at Hauser & Worth on the UES or Roni Horn’s sculptures at their downtown location.
Sean Kelly Gallery | 475 10th Avenue
British gallerist Sean Kelly has made a name for himself as one of the most discerning voices in the New York art scene. At his eponymous 22,000 square foot Hudson Yards gallery, you’ll find must-see work from beloved artists like Mariko Mori, Candida Höfer, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Marina Abramović, as well as recent and upcoming exhibits from the likes of Johan Grimonprez, James Casebere, and Callum Innes.
McKee Gallery | 745 5th Avenue
Never one to shy away from controversial subject matter, McKee Gallery is home to some of
the most provocative art you’ll find anywhere in Manhattan. During your visit, enjoy sculpture from Jeanne Silverthorne, like her acclaimed 2013 piece “Pins and Needles,” Daisy Youngblood’s powerful clay sculpture “Budhi 2006,” and haunting portraiture by Richard Learoyd.
Go off the beaten path and ditch the museum crowds by enjoying some of the peerless work at Manhattan’s hottest galleries instead. Whether your passion is photography or painting, you’re sure to find work that speaks to you.