We will begin on the Lower East Side which, over the last five or six years, has witnessed a veritable explosion of new galleries. Woven through this historical immigrant neighborhood, the spaces tend to be smaller than in Chelsea and also more personable. From established galleries that have relocated to galleries that operate on a shoestring there is a palpable sense of energy, of history unfolding in the moment. Here, it is not uncommon for the visitors to find themselves engaged in a lively conversation with a gallery owner. Typically these galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday.
From there the tour will journey to the famous Chelsea area with it’s own history as a commercial and bohemian district. Here there is a range of galleries from the cutting edge to mega-galleries some of which house exhibits that rival museum shows. The tour will aim to incorporate a representation of that spectrum. This is also the home of the famous High Line, which offers a respite from street level walking as we walk between streets. Chelsea galleries are usually open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Galleries may include Cheim & Read, Pace, Gagosian, DC Moore, Zurcher Studio, and Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects and others depending on the strengths of the present shows.
This tour is well suited both to the experienced art viewer and the newcomer. The tour will be informal and personal, gearing to the needs of the visitors. Whatever your art experience level, this is an opportunity to be part of the conversation; to gain insight into what artists today are making and thinking about. One may imagine that important and exciting art existed only in the past of Cubist Paris of the 1910s or Jackson Pollock’s New York of the 40s and 50s or in Warhol’s Factory in the 60s. However this tour demonstrates that the energy of creation is very much alive today in all its multi-varied forms. Don’t wait to read about these artists in the history books, see and learn about them now!