A Guide to Chelsea Galleries
In New York, one of the best places to see masterpieces (for free!) by artists, past and present, is Chelsea. But with gallery after gallery lining the streets between 10th and 11th Avenues, even the most seasoned art-goer can become overwhelmed if they don’t have a plan. To help navigate your next art adventure in NYC, we put together a guide to Chelsea galleries. Plus here’s a map showing all the galleries!
Lehmann Maupin, 501 W 24 St
Established by Rachel Lehmann and David Maupin in 1996, Lehmann Maupin represents an international roster of artists whose work addresses critical cultural issues including gender, class, religion, and politics.
Gagosian, 555 W 24 St
Gagosian’s position in the international art world includes sixteen spaces such as London, Paris, Geneva, Rome and Athens, with five in New York. The gallery stages museum caliber exhibitions of contemporary artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Wall, Rachel Whiteread, and Urs Fischer.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W 20 St
Opened in Chelsea in 1997, Jack Shainman Gallery presents groundbreaking artists from Africa, East Asia, and North America. It has mounted career-defining exhibitions by artist Nick Cave whose work addresses issues of race, gender, and class.
Luhring Augustine Gallery, 531 W 24 St
Founded in 1985, Luhring Augustine features contemporary artists in various mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and performance. Find works by Christopher Wool, Lygia Clark, and Yasumasa Morimura.
David Zwirner, 519, 525, & 533 W 19 St
Celebrating its 25th year, David Zwirner is considered a contemporary art institution with locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong. Exhibitions have focused on today’s leading artists such as Tomma Abts, Yayoi Kusama (work pictured below), Chris Ofili, and Marlene Dumas, among others.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 W 21 St #1
After opening her first gallery in SoHo in 1994, dealer Tanya Bonakdar moved operations to Chelsea in 1998. For more than two decades, she has championed the work and careers of leading artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Analia Saban, and Mat Collishaw.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 509 W 27 St
Paul Kasmin Gallery fosters critical dialogues on modern and contemporary art practice through an engaging and diverse exhibition program. Featured artists include Lee Krasner, Jules Olitski, Robert Motherwell, Mark Ryden, and Tina Barney.
Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W 26 St
Specializing in fine art photography, Steven Kasher Gallery produces exhibitions that showcase the medium’s contributions to visual cultures. Exhibited artists include Miles Aldridge, Martha Cooper, Wendy Ewald, and Dan Weiner.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co, 530 W 22 St
Originally located in SoHo, Sikkema Jenkins & Co moved to Chelsea in 1999. An engaging exhibition program features established artists Vik Muniz and Kara Walker (work pictured below) alongside emerging talents.
Do you have a favorite Chelsea art gallery? Looking to get a cultural jump on your weekend? On Thursday nights, many Chelsea art galleries host openings offering a first look at new exhibitions. Entrance is FREE!
Also, one of the prettiest streets in New York happens to be in Chelsea.