As the state capital and largest city in Massachusetts, Boston is quite rightly home to an outstanding contemporary art scene that includes long-established art museums and smaller, independent venues. Enjoy our updated guide to The Ten Best Art Galleries in Boston to ensure you don’t miss out on the best contemporary art the city has to offer.
One of Boston’s most long-standing art venues, the prestigious Barbara Krakow Gallery was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to the exhibition of exemplary works of postmodern art with an emphasis on work created after 1945, together with minimalist, conceptual and reductivist art. Presenting exhibitions featuring a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing and print works, the gallery represents a diverse body of artists both emerging and established, including pop art-inspired British artist Julian Opie. The gallery’s latest exhibition is a survey of American conceptual artist Mel Bochner’s works created between 2007 to the present.
Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 262 4490
The Miller Yezerski Gallery, one of the city’s most respected contemporary art venues, is a collaboration from veteran gallerists Ellen Miller and Howard Yezerski who together bring decades of curatorial experience to their joint venture, established in the summer of 2013. Exhibiting a wide range of mediums encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and installation the gallery represents a respected repertoire of artists that includes Russian-born painter and sculptor Yana Payusova and photographer Rhona Bitner. Miller Yezerski Gallery’s most recent exhibition, ‘…in the atmospheres’, by sculptor and media artist Deb Todd Wheeler is a series of installations, moving images and photograms that meditate on the permanency of objects and memory.
Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 262 0550
Based among the cluster of galleries on Hamilton Avenue – in Boston’s vibrant South End neighborhood – Gallery Kayafas first opened its doors 11 years ago and focuses on modern and contemporary photography with a distinct emphasis on up-and-coming photographers. Voted Best Photography Gallery of 2013 by Boston Magazine, the gallery is owned by Arlette Kayafas – a collector of photographic art herself. The gallery represents talents including artists collective Triibe – who use photography as social and political commentary – and French photographer Bénédicte Lassalle, whilst also being instrumental in kick-starting the career of Jess T. Dugan whose intimate portraits and still-lifes explore gender, identity and sexuality.
Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 482 0411
A non-profit art space operated by the Laconia Artists Corporation, which is dedicated to furthering the careers of Boston-based artists, Laconia Gallery was founded in 2004 and is located in the trendy Laconia Lofts development in Boston’s South End. The gallery’s main aim is the promotion of local artists via a program of professionally curated exhibitions and participation in the neighborhood’s annual South End Open Studios event, though the gallery also strives to connect the public with art, artists, community art events, lectures and educational programs. Forthcoming exhibitions include a showing of blacksmith, metal smith and sculptor Donna Veverka’s jewellery and a retrospective of American abstract painter Michael David’s 35 year career.
Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 857 222 0333
Established in 2003 in Boston’s arty SoWa (South of Washington) neighborhood by namesake Steven Zevitas, a curator and founder of the critically acclaimed periodical New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas Gallery is a contemporary art space specializing in the exhibition of abstract works on paper, though the gallery’s move to a ground-level space in 2008 has allowed it to feature large-scale installations and a number of other mediums too. The gallery is a regular participant in international art fairs including VOLTA NY and artMRKT San Francisco and recently exhibited David X. Levine’s show John Surette, a series of nostalgic works on paper referencing the pop culture of the artist’s youth.
Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 778 5265 ext. 22
Founded by art dealer Stephanie Walker in 2008, who brings 15 years of experience to the venture, Walker Contemporary is a gallery dedicated to the promotion of exceptional contemporary art by established and young, mid-career artists who demonstrate a passion for innovation in the arts and whose artwork pushes the boundaries of material processes. Among Walker Contemporary’s featured artists are Maine-based installation artist Lauren Fensterstock and German-born abstract painter Udo Nöger, whose works explore light and painting theory, while recent exhibitions have included a presentation of new works by Seattle-based painter John Dempcy.
Walker Contemporary, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 842 3332