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New York Urban Art Galleries - 10 You Should Visit

June 4, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

New York is the center of the gallery world. No other city in the world has such district like Chelsea, the largest and richest of the NYC’s art districts with more than 200 galleries. But it is not only Chelsea that has exceptional galleries. The Lower East Side, East Village, Soho and Brooklyn have, too. It’s the city where the greatest and carefully selected range of art is on view month after month. Here you can find the largest art spaces, as well as small galleries. Widewalls prepared a list of 10 galleries to visit in New York.

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David Zwirner - An Immensely Popular Art Spot

David Zwirner is one of New York’s best-known contemporary art galleries, representing over forty artists and estates, and active in both primary and secondary markets. In the primary sector, the gallery covers Minimalist works to large-scale installation, time-based performances and video work. In the secondary market, the gallery has become known for presenting historically researched exhibitions and publications devoted to the work of modern and contemporary artists. Since opening its doors in 1993, the gallery has helped foster the careers of some of the most influential artists working today, including Luc Tuymans and Neo Rauch, and has maintained long-term representation of a wide range of international artists. During the 1990s, the gallery began representing Michaël Borremans, Raoul De Keyser, Marcel Dzama, On Kawara and Christopher Williams. Since 2000, more artists have subsequently joined the gallery, including Adel Abdessemed, Tomma Abts, Karin Mamma Andersson, R. Crumb and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. In October 2012, David Zwirner expanded to Europe with the gallery opened in the heart of London’s Mayfair district. Further expansion continued in New York with a new five-story building at 537 West 20th Street opened in February 2013.

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Lehmann Maupin - New and Challenging Ways of Expression

Founded by Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin, Lehmann Maupin first opened in SoHo in October 1996, and in September 2002, moved to its present location in Chelsea. The second New York gallery space opened in late 2007, in Manhattan’s new cultural hub, the Lower East Side. Most recently, the gallery established its first international exhibition space in Hong Kong in March 2013. Since its establishment Lehmann Maupin has cultivated the careers of an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists. It has given some of the contemporary art’s most highly respected artists, such as Tracey Emin, Anya Gallaccio, Shirazeh Houshiary, Klara Kristalova, Liu Wei and Juergen Teller, their first one-person exhibitions in New York. The gallery has garnered a reputation for supporting artists who are working across disciplines and with new and challenging forms of creative expression.

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Suzanne Geiss Company - Innovative Art Across Disciplines

The Suzanne Geiss Company was established in 2011 in downtown Manhattan. The Company’s focus is the comprehensive support of artists and their wide-ranging visions. Motivated by a commitment to innovative art across disciplines, the program encompasses historical exhibitions, shows by established and emerging artists and a range of site-specific artist projects.

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Klughaus - Representing Graffiti and Street Art

Klughaus is a contemporary art gallery founded in December of 2011 in New York City. Soon after, the gallery was featured as one of the “Top 10 Most Important Graffiti Moments of 2012” by Complex.com. Today, it is becoming more and more clear that the gallery is positioned to become one of the leading agencies to represent graffiti and street artists in New York City. Klughaus showcases a diverse roster of talented artists with roots in graffiti and street culture including JURNE, Seb GOREY, RIME, Aaron OBLVN, Martha Cooper, Jesse Edwards, Tom Gould, and Ricky Powell. The gallery curates quarterly exhibits for its artists in various event spaces throughout the downtown area.

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Acquavella - A Family Which Loves Art

Acquavella is a family-owned gallery founded by Nicholas Acquavella in 1921 and occupying a five-story French neo-classical townhouse. The gallery first specialized in works of the Italian Renaissance, but in 1960, when William Acquavella joined his father, the focus of the gallery expanded to major works of the 19th and 20th centuries, including masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. Recently, William Acquavella has been joined by daughter Eleanor and sons Nicholas and Alexander, and the entire scope of the 20th century is now represented, including Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.

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