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5 of the best art galleries in Manhattan
5 of the best art galleries in Manhattan

Manhattan is a filled city within a city. Some of the best iconic spots for art lover are located right there within the walls of Manhattan, New York City.

We put together a 5 star guide to the best art galleries hidden in New York City. It’s time you got on board and discover these ones with us.


David Zwirner

What does one recommend in Chelsea? There are more than 400 art venues here. They started moving into the area in the 1990s. David Zwirner, one of New York’s better know galleries, is a massive space taking up the ground floor of several buildings of the block.

  • 525 West 19th Street, davidzwirner.com, open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm


Art in General

You can smell dim sum at Art in General in the west end of Chinatown. This not-for-profit institution is known for its focus on artists from Eastern Europe. It occupies the sixth floor of a Lower Manhattan loft building, as well as the small storefront which often doubles as a screening room. Walking up is not recommended, not least because the best part of the show is often in the elevator where video and sound art are presented

  • 79 Walker Street, artingeneral.org, open Tues-Sat noon-6pm


New Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum of contemporary art is not your out-of-the way art space, but a museum important for its recent physical transformation and a gallery-like approach to curating. The simple “six boxes shifted off-axis” SANAA architecture is an attraction in itself. After the museum’s 2007 opening on the Bowery, better known for homeless soup centres, dozens of galleries and hipster hangouts followed.

  • 235 Bowery, newmuseum.org/, open Wed-Sun 11am-6pm; Thurs 11am-9pm, adults $12, seniors $10, students $8, under-18s free


Christopher Henry Gallery

Christopher Henry Gallery is in a renovated church. Its facade is kept entirely white, making it look quite sombre and conventional from the outside, with a cross over the entrance and a black and white information board on the side. Inside, two floors with tall, narrow windows reveal emerging contemporary art, including a lot of street art, often much less dignified than the building. From exhibitions connected by a theme, through Polaroid photography to the street art, it’s a space which likes to mix art, design and music, so you might chance upon a musical performance, or a fashion event if visiting in the evening.

  • 127 Elizabeth Street, christopherhenrygallery.com/, open Wed-Sun 11am-6pm


Sperone Westwater

This extravagant gallery is just a few doors from the New Museum, and it owes its existence to the museum’s move here. The eight-floor building was designed by Norman Foster and towers over the museum. Here too the elevator is put to use. Most of the exhibitions utilise the elevator, which takes about a minute to move between the second and third floors.

  • 257 Bowery, speronewestwater.com, open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm


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