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Bushwick's 10 Best Contemporary Galleries | A Brooklyn Art Guide

Ngoc Doan
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Sharing borders with Queens and Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood has emerged onto the NYC art scene as local artists draw inspiration from the area’s gritty, industrial landscape and community atmosphere. Bushwick’s galleries are nurturing exhibition spaces that feature the work of both established and emerging artists. Take a look at our list of the ten best contemporary galleries in Bushwick.

Courtesy of Life On Mars Gallery
Image Courtesy of Life On Mars Gallery

Life On Mars Gallery

‘A gallery created by painters for painters’, Life On Mars opened in 2013 on Bogart Street. Founder, Director and Curator Michael David is a dedicated painter himself, having received the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Academy of Arts and Letter prize. The gallery aims to strengthen the relationship between artists of different generations through unique programs of exhibitions, such as Back to the Future, a discussion of connectivity and lineage through art. Life On Mars has also exhibited the work of artists such as Fran O’Neill, Farrell Brickhouse and Arnold Mesches.

Life on Mars, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 417 3935

Image Courtesy of Life On Mars Gallery
Image Courtesy of Life On Mars Gallery

Momenta Art

Originally established in Philadelphia in 1986, Momenta Art made its way to Bushwick in 2011. An artist-run gallery, Momenta Art’s mission is to create an open dialogue between artists and the community. Beyond a standard exhibition space, Momenta is a leader in the alternative art scene; the gallery focuses on five different areas: exhibitions, public events, a video archive, annual catalogs and art education. Wangechi Mutu, Jim Hodges, Omer Fast, Rico Gatson, Sue DeBeer and Banks Violette are some of the artists that Momenta Art has exhibited.

Momenta Art, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 218 8058

Philip Taaffe, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
Philip Taaffe, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

Luhring Augustine

Founded in 1985 by Lawrence R. Luhring and Roland J. Augustine, Luhring Augustine Gallery first opened in Chelsea, exhibiting the work of international painters, sculptures, photographers and performers such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Richard Richter. In 2012, Luhring Augustine established a new location on Knickerbocker Avenue, boasting more exhibition space for large-scale, long-term projects.

Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 386 2746

Norte Maar

Founded in 2004, Norte Maar has since been dedicated to building a relationship with artists who promote collaboration between the visual, literary and performance arts. In addition to hosting exhibitions, poetry readings and dance recitals, Norte Maar offers innovative educational projects, performances, workshops and lectures in partnership with the Brooklyn Ballet, Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Schema Projects.

Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Avenue #1B, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 646 361 8512

Mark Dorf and Julian Lorber, Second Nature, Exhibition View, 2015 | Courtesy of Outlet Fine Art
Mark Dorf and Julian Lorber, Second Nature, Exhibition View, 2015 | Courtesy of Outlet Fine Art

Outlet Fine Art

Spearheaded by three artists who transitioned into curators, Outlet Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions and workshops that discuss the role of art and gallery space within the community. Concentrating on the experience and creative exploration of art, Outlet’s approach is to push the boundaries of what a gallery can do for the artist and examine the relationship between the artist and the curator.

Outlet Fine Art, 253 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 915 525 0410



Mark Dorf and Julian Lorber, Second Nature, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of Outlet Fine Art
Mark Dorf and Julian Lorber, Second Nature, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of Outlet Fine Art

Odetta

Recently opened in 2014, Odetta Gallery hosts contemporary artists whose work speaks to the unconventional. With a focus on color theory, minimalism, glyphs, science, math, music and other subjects, Odetta’s exhibitions concentrate on the playful and the innovative while pushing the boundaries of contemporary art.

Odetta, 229 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 203 598 1517

Schema Projects

Devoted to promoting works on paper, Schema Projects concentrates on highlighting the role of drawing in the creative process. Derived from the Greek word skhēma, meaning ‘shape’ or ‘plan’, this gallery’s aim is to further the discussion of visual art’s impression on the world.

Schema Projects, 92 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 578 3281

Tim Kent, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of Slag Gallery
Tim Kent, Installation View, 2015 | Courtesy of Slag Gallery

Slag Gallery

Dedicated to strengthening the relationship between galleries worldwide through artist collaborations, Slag Gallery has represented a wealth of emerging American and international artists since it opened in Chelsea in 2008. In 2012, Slag relocated to Bushwick and joined Brooklyn’s growing art scene, working notably to introduce New Yorkers to Romanian artists. Recent exhibitions have included works by Tim Kent, Kate Minford, Johee Kim and Tilo Baumgärtel. The current exhibition includes works in mixed media by Ben Godward and Catalin Moldoveanu, on view until April 2015.

Slag Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 212 967 9818

Sardine Gallery

Located on the ground floor of 286 Stanhope Street, Sardine Gallery is a tiny hidden gem that is not to be missed, presenting solo exhibitions in an intimate setting with occasional group shows. The gallery also represents the work of artists such as Maria Calandra, Desiree Leary, Janine Polak and Sheldon Sean Moyer, as well as Matt F. Fisher, Michelle Hemsoth and Andy Cross.

Sardine Gallery, 286 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 914 805 1974

Courtesy of Studio 10
Courtesy of Studio 10

Studio 10

Studio 10 Gallery is an intimate space that exhibits vibrant, intriguing pieces from established and emerging artists who work in various mediums. The current exhibition, Once Upon a Broken Time, features performance pieces by Tim Spelios and Matt Freedman. In experiencing the performance, there’s a sense of play of spontaneity through discovery. Past artists who have shown at Studio 10 includes Fred Valentine, David Schafer, Caroline Cox and Susan Silas.

Studio 10 Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 4396



By Ngoc Doan