The Most Exquisite and Contemporary New York Art Galleries

The AD Design Show is literally just days away and if you are attending this exclusive design event and also wondering about what to see in NYC, Design Limited Edition suggests to you the most remarkable New York Art Galleries that are an essential stop spots when you are visiting this iconic city full of art exhibitions and creative works by emerging artists.

New York Art Galleries are some of the best in the world‚ but with over 1,500 to choose from, the sheer number is overwhelming. Not to worry, we’ve narrowed them down to some of our favourites.

David Zwirner

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Cologne native David Zwirner looks to bring the world’s best contemporary art to the city. 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 the gallery’s representation of Japanese polka dot queen Yayoi Kusama will keep the patrons coming ad infinitum.

Multiple locations;

Lévy Gorvy

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Dominique Lévy opened her eponymous NYC gallery in 2013, taking up residence in an old Madison Avenue bank. Fans of art in miniature rejoiced when the gallerist hosted a retrospective of small-scale Alexander Calder sculptures in 2015, and also took notice of Gerhard Richter’s Pantone-friendly Colour Charts. In 2017, Dominique Lévy partnered with Brett Gorvy to form Lévy Gorvy. It is one of two galleries that exclusively represent the ubiquitous Frank Stella.

909 Madison 

Friedman Benda

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The pair doesn’t shy away from a little bit of quirky, and it pays off. Case point: Paul Cocksedge’s mind-boggling seamless sculptures.

515 West 26th Street

Gagosian

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Larry Gagosian’s art empire includes no less than 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 stable 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

Hauser & Wirth

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Founded in Zurich by power couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992, the Swiss gallery opened a New York location shortly after.

Multiple locations

 

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Judd Foundation

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Donald 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 neighbourhood continues its posh transformation, it’s comforting that at least the art is exactly as Judd left it.

101 Spring Street

Lehmann Maupin

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The diverse, contemporary artists of Lehmann Maupin include Brazilian graffiti muralists Os Gêmeos and fashion chronicler Juergen Teller. The gallery has 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

Luxembourg & Dayan

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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 a champion of the unexpected. They previously brought the atomic age kitsch of Italian artist Enrico Baj back to New York for the first time since the 1970s.

64 East 77th Street

Paul Kasmin

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Founded in 1989, Paul Kasmin’s gallery can fairly claim to channel that 1980s 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 delighted Brooklyn Bridge park-goers to Les Lalanne’s whimsical world, Kasmin boasts a full roster of contemporary thought.

Multiple locations

Salon 94

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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.

Multiple locations

 

In case you’re visiting the city during the AD Design Show, try to find these New York art galleries with both classic products with unique design and contemporary culture exhibitions with recent productions by exclusive artists. New York is the best place for design and art-lovers!

See also: AD Show 2019 – Meet The Top 10 Exhibitors

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