David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner opened his gallery in 1993. Since then, it has nurtured some of the best contemporary European artists and become one of the most well-known galleries in NYC. The gallery recently expanded to include American artists such as Suzan Frecon and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. You many have seen the recent exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love, which was quite popular on Instagram.
Cheim & Read
The architecture of Cheim & Read divides the space in two, which offers a unique way to experience art in comparison to most of its white-box neighbors. The gallery specializes in work by female artists, such as Jenn Holzer’s language-based light installations and Joan Mitchell’s abstract expressionist paintings.
Highly respected and roundly considered the biggest name in art, Larry Gagosian operates 14 galleries, two of which are located in Chelsea, and a 15th set to open October 10th in London. The Gagosian Gallery exhibits both modern and contemporary art. Through its distinguished historical program, Gagosian presents a roster of the world’s most acclaimed living artists, including Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, and more.
Co-owners Lawrence R. Luhring and Roland J. Augustine founded this highly regarded gallery in 1985, devoting it to the representation of diverse artistic practices, including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography and performance.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Originally located in SoHo, the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery moved to Chelsea in 1998 and underwent a major renovation that doubled the exhibition space. The large, minimal setting makes this gallery perfect for showcasing the sound installations of Scottish artist Susan Philipsz and the elemental installations of Danish-Icelandic technical genius Olafur Eliasson.
Casey Kaplan represents living artists from the United States, Canada and Europe like English-born, Berlin-based Jonathan Monk and American erotic photographer Jeff Burton, who have been exhibiting with the gallery for over ten years. Many up-and-coming artists have had their first solo gallery exhibitions at Casey Kaplan, which has helped their art careers blossom.
This gallery recently upgraded its location, moving to a 22,000-square-foot space just north of Chelsea in the Hudson Yards district—the culmination of more than 20 years of growth. Sean Kelly represents installation and performance artists in particular. Since moving to the new space designed by the award-winning architect Toshiko Mori, Sean Kelly has continued to add internationally renowned artists to its roster, including David Claerbout and Jose Dávila.
This contemporary fine art gallery, located in the heart of Chelsea’s art district, was established in 1984 to promote national and international artists. Agora Gallery showcases a diverse roster of solo and collective art exhibitions and maintains a dedicated team of art experts to provide guidance to young artists by introducing their work to larger audiences.
Barbara Gladstone has been a New York City gallery owner for the past 25 years, and her gallery features work from some of the most popular contemporary artists, including Sarah Lucas, Matthew Barney and Carroll Dunham (father of Girls creator Lena Dunham). The bright white walls of Gladstone Gallery are large and commanding and the rooms are loft-like, featuring cracked cement floors.
Matthew Marks Gallery
The Matthew Marks Gallery has three exhibition spaces in New York City and two in Los Angeles that specialize in modern and contemporary art. Founded in the 1990s by Matthew Marks, the gallery represents a broad spectrum of artists working in a variety of forms, including paint, sculpture, photography, installation art, film, drawing, and prints.