New York is almost certainly one of the major art capitals of the world, with art lovers having the luxury of picking from over a thousand art galleries and dealing with the thousands of art dealers located there. The abundant exhibition spaces in the city offer something for everything, with the contemporary art scene spread across the various areas of New York, from Bushwick, which is recognised as an area for young artists trying to break into the New York art scene, to the infamous Chelsea area, a thriving area with around 500 spaces exhibiting new and established names. SoHo has a rich history of art, mainly from the 1970s, while the Upper East Side is the place to head for high-end art, being home to both Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. New York has always been a hot bed of creative activity, from graffiti through to fine art and all stops in-between, also boasting a number of world famous art fairs including Pulse, Volta and the Independent art fair. With such a massive amount of gallery spaces in the area it is hard to know where to begin, so here we present 10 galleries from New York which are offering fascinating contemporary art exhibitions and check out our gallery section for more places to visit in New York.
The roots of Jonathan LeVine Gallery go back to 1995, growing out of a passion for punk and underground music and is now a long established name in the world of contemporary art galleries in New York. Jonathan LeVine Gallery played an important role in developing the careers of people such as Shepard Fairey, Invader and Olek amongst others. The gallery takes a great pride in its dedication to artists, taking care over all details, from catalogues to prints and the shows they put on. Jonathan LeVine aims to be an engaging and accessible gallery, while also reflecting the cultural shift in contemporary art practices. Past exhibitions have included, Oh, the Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past and the wonderful Metazoa by acclaimed and talented ROA.
Images courtesy Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Cluster Wall is one of the new breed of galleries in New York, the Brooklyn based company being created for the modern world and existing as an online gallery specialising in urban art. Cluster Wall works closely with some of the most innovative and contemporary urban artists from around the world, producing unique limited edition screen prints, created with the best materials and often hand-embellished, along with original works. You can read more about their unique and affordable approach to contemporary urban art in the Cluster Wall article.
The Woodward Gallery was established in 1994 and is one of the galleries in New York which has become an institution in the New York art scene. The Woodward Gallery consists of 5000 square feet of exhibition space over two floors, the first floor featuring a regular schedule of new exhibitions, while the upper floor offers an intimate space for special events. Woodward Gallery specialises in the work of modern masters and contemporary art, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, while the gallery also keeps an extensive collection of prints by New York East Village Artists such as Keith Haring. Recently exhibited at Woodward Gallery was the work of Susan Breen and Margaret Morrison in Both Ways.
Images courtesy of Woodward Gallery.
Amongst the galleries in New York, Gallery Molly Krom stands out as an unusual addition, having opened in August 2013 with a focus on artworks on paper. Gallery Molly Krom exhibit works by young and mid-career artists, representing artists from Europe, South America and the United States. Molly Krom are among the galleries who believe art belongs to the people, seeking out artists that they feel reflect their own aesthetic visions and connect with the space offered at Gallery Molly Krom. Gallery Molly Krom took part in the Art on Paper art fair earlier this year.
Images courtesy of Gallery Molly Krom.
De Buck Gallery is one of those galleries in New York located in the heart of the thriving Chelsea area, dedicated to exhibiting contemporary cutting edge artists and modern masters. Zevs, Kelly Reemten, Simón Vega, Andrea Tese, Cindy Wright and Tom Martin all had their first New York shows organised by De Bruck Gallery, which opened its doors in 2010. De Buck Gallery has become successful in attracting experienced collectors and first time buyers from around the world, with a high-class roster of young and mid-career artists. Recent exhibitions at De Buck Gallery include Look into It by Regine Schumann and Unlimited Perception by Alberto Biasi.
Images courtesy of De Buck Gallery.
The David Zwirner Gallery is firmly established among the contemporary art galleries in New York, having opened its doors in 1993. The gallery now operates over two exhibition spaces in New York, at 19th Street and 20th Street, while also having a third gallery located in the heart of Mayfair, London. David Zwirner Gallery has worked with some of the most influential contemporary artists including Neo Rauch and Luc Tuymans, while also seeking to exhibit innovative and pioneering shows across all media and genres. Recent exhibitions include East of Eden by Philip-Lorca diCorcia and the group show System and Vision.
Images courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.
The Hole offers something a little bit unique in terms of galleries in New York, boasting a 4000 square foot exhibition space in its Bowery location. The Hole exhibits monthly group and solo exhibitions, often presenting two shows concurrently, while also hosting special events and projects aimed at other emerging creative industries, which compliments the gallery philosophy of collaboration across the arts. The Hole often works with thematic shows, exhibiting the artworks of emerging and established contemporary artists. Previous exhibitions include The Early Man group show and Go with the Flow.
Images courtesy of The Hole
Joshua Liner Gallery opened its doors in 2008 and is located in the Chelsea Arts District and is one of the galleries in New York which focus on the leading edge of contemporary art practices. The gallery represents young and established artists from North America, Europe and Asia, actively seeking those with voices that engage with modern day issues such as globalism, technology, the environment and contemporary urban society. New media, mixed media sculpture, collective models of production and contemporary easel painting can all be found within the walls of Joshua Liner Gallery. Recent exhibitions have included Happy Place by Sam Friedman and Weird Attic by Britton Tolliver.
Images courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery
The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is another of the galleries in New York committed to artists exploring the intersection of art and technology. Founded in 2002, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery has contributed to the success of new media and video in art, coming largely from the photographic background of owner Bryce Wolkowitz and his interest in exploring new techniques. The gallery represents a number of photographers who are dedicated to exploring techniques and subject matters, which has in turn resulted in a new programme of exhibitions including painting and sculpture. Recent exhibitions have included Tribes by Jimmy Nelson and In Media Res by Jose Parla.
Images courtesy of Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
Here we bring you one of the new kids on the block in terms of galleries in New York, Wallworks, located in the South Bronx. This contemporary art gallery only officially opened earlier in 2015 and was established by graffiti legend John Crash Matos and entrepreneur Robert Kantor. Wallworks is dedicated to showcasing emerging and established artists and consider the gallery a place for experimenting. After a couple of unofficial group shows towards the end of 2014, they officially opened the doors with the Ikonoclasts show, dedicated to the work of graffiti legends Dondi, Rammellzee and A-One. Wallworks have shown they mean business by presenting the current MadC solo exhibition, Bits & Pieces. Check out more at Wallworks.
Images courtesy of WallworksNY
Specialising in contemporary fine art, Agora Gallery was established in 1984 and is located on street level and the second floor of 530 West 25th Street, New York. Agora Gallery has long been recognised as one of the important galleries in New York, having connected artists with collectors for over 25 years. Gallery 1, located on street level, is a 400 square foot elegant exhibition space with natural light, while Gallery 2 is a spacious 8000 square foot gallery, which presents exhibitions by emerging, mid-level and established artists. Agora gallery also offer extensive services for both artists and collectors, including artist representation & management plus consultation for collectors, along with acquisition tips plus much more. Visit the Agora website for full information on the extensive services the gallery offers.
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