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A Guide To Chelsea's 10 Best Gallery Spaces
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A Guide To Chelsea's 10 Best Gallery Spaces

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Updated: 6 January 2017
With some of the best photography and art galleries—and institutions like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), and the Guggenheim, New York is arguably the art capital of the world. Throughout the past 20 years, the Chelsea neighborhood has transformed into a cultural mecca, becoming king of the New York art scene. Below are some of the best gallery spots in the area, because you definitely don’t need a degree in art history to appreciate fine culture.
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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.

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street New York, NY, USA +1 212 727 2070

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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.

Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street New York, NY, USA +1 212 242 7727

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Gagosian Gallery

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.

Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 744 2313

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Luhring Augustine

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.

Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 206 9100

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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.

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street #1, New York, NY, USA +1 212 414 4144

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Casey Kaplan

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.

Casey Kaplan, 121 West 27th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 645 7335

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Sean Kelly

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.

Sean Kelly, 475 10th Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 239 1181

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Agora Gallery

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.

Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 226 4151

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Gladstone Gallery

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.

Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 206 9300

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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.

Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 243 0200