NYC has some of the best art galleries in the world‚ but with over 1500 to choose from, the sheer number is overwhelming. Not to worry, we've narrowed them down to some of our favourites:
Cologne native David Zwirner looks to bring the world's best contemporary art to New York. His impressive – and expanding – exhibit of Cuban Concretism is certainly in this spirit. In recent years, the gallery has established high profile relationships with the estates of Light and Space icons (and close friends) Dan Flavin and Donald Judd. And their representation of Japanese polka dot queen Yayoi Kusama will keep the patrons coming ad infinitum.
519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street and 537 West 20th Street; For more information visit the David Zwirner website
Pictured: The exterior of David Zwirner's West 20th street location Photography: Courtesy of David Zwirner
Founded in 2013, Dominique Levy makes its NYC home in an old Madison Avenue bank. Fans of art in miniature (us) rejoiced when Dominique Levy did a retrospective of small-scale Alexander Calder sculptures in 2015, and we also took notice of Gerhard Richter's Pantone-friendly Colour Charts. Dominique Levy is also one of two galleries that exclusively represent the ubiquitous Frank Stella.
909 Madison Avenue; For more information visit the Dominique Levy website
Remember how excited we were about the pre-Memphis Group work of Ettore Sottsass? That glimpse of Sottsass' early pastel oeuvre was the brainchild of Marc Benda and Barry Friedman, who founded Friedman Benda in 2007. The pair doesn't shy away from a little bit of wacky, and it pays off. Casepoint: Paul Cocksedge's mind-boggling seamless sculptures.
515 West 26th Street; For more information visit the Friedman Benda website
Larry Gagosian's art empire includes five New York City locations. Currently exhibited artists include Takashi Murakami and Cy Twombly, the gallery also holds close the abstract expressionists of The New York School. Despite a roster that reads like a Who's Who in Pop art, the gallery has made pleasing forays into design: recently showcasing the furniture of the late Austrian sculptor Franz West.
Multiple locations; For more information visit the Gagosian website.
Hauser & Wirth
Founded by power couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992, the Swiss gallery opened a New York location shortly after. We noted their art scene dominance in 2013, when they put on three concurrent Paul McCarthy exhibits. They recently exhibited the London-based Anj Smith, whose painterly portrayals of a Gothic near-reality quickly sold out.
Multiple locations; For more information visit the Hauser & Wirth website.
Judd fans rejoiced when his former SoHo studio and home‚ previously viewable by appointment only‚ added a public gallery space. And fans also noted how fitting it was that Judd's son Flavin Judd held the first show in tribute to Dan Flavin. Guided tours of the home are still available and encouraged by the Judd Foundation. As the once gritty SoHo neighborhood continues its posh transformation, it's comforting that at least the art is exactly as Judd left it.
101 Spring Street; For more information visit the Judd Foundation website.
Pictured: The interior of Donald Judd's former Spring Street studio Photography: Maris Hutchinson, EPW Studio. Courtesy of Judd Foundation Archive
The diverse, forward-looking artists of Lehmann Maupin include Brazilian graffiti muralists Os Gêmeos and fashion chronicler Juergen Teller. The gallery has recently served as a backdrop for Robin Rhode to comment on South African power cuts, and Teresita Fernandez to render Cuba as a malachite landscape. Renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has collaborated with founders David Maupin and Rachel Lehmann to design the gallery's various homes around the city.
Multiple locations; For more information visit the Lehmann Maupin website.
Luxembourg & Dayan
Alberto Burri is seemingly everywhere lately, including the Upper East Side townhouse of Luxembourg & Dayan. Founded in 2009 by Israeli friends Amalia Dayan and Daniella Luxembourg, the gallery has quickly established itself as champion of the unexpected. They recently brought the atomic age kitsch of Italian artist Enrico Baj back to New York for the first time since the 70's.
64 East 77th Street; For more information visit the Luxembourg & Dayan website.
Pictured: A Franz West sculpture outside Luxembourg & Dayan's Upper East Side location Photography: Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan
Founded in 1989, Paul Kasmin's gallery can fairly claim to channel that 1980's New York spirit. Young Kasmin was, after all, brought around the Factory by his art dealer father. From the word art of Deborah Kass‚ whose OY/YO installation has been delighting Brooklyn Bridge park goers‚ to the flattened Fiats of Ron Arad, Kasmin boasts a full roster of contemporary thought.
Multiple locations; For more information visit the Paul Kasmin website.
Salon 94 originated as a Rafael Viñoly-designed extension of founder Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn's home. It has since expanded to two other locations around the city‚ including another Viñoly construction on Bowery. We featured the gallery's playful, tropical group show Tiger Tiger in our September issue.
Multiple locations; For more information visit the Salon 94 website.