Chelsea Galleries

Okay, New York is amazing for art. The Met, the Moma, and the Guggenheim… all hallowed halls, to say the least. But if you’re just too lazy to go uptown, or crowds aren’t your thing, then a day chilling out at Chelsea’s art galleries might just be up your alley.

From W 19th Street to W 27th Street, you’ll find art of all types from all over the world. And not to mention some good people watching. Leave it to Richard, our friend and West Coast transplant, to hand off a few tips for how to go about the galleries.


1. Play hooky. Call in sick during a weekday and check out some popular exhibits to avoid the weekend masses. Have a mental snow day.

2. No cameras, they say. But now’s the time for that subtle iphoneography game to come out. Or 35mm. Just be discreet.

3. Take those handouts on artists. Read it there, or later. Because you can only gather so much backstory from all those “Untitled” pieces.

4. Bring snacks. (Not to eat at the gallery, of course. But for trekking around.)

5. Pace yourself. You don’t need to see everything.

6. Keep coming back. You need to see everything.


Featured artwork from:

Jack Shainman Gallery – Odili Donald Odita
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery – Mark Dion
David Zwirner Gallery – Karla Black, Michael Riedel, Lisa Oppenheim
Bruce Silverstein Gallery – Penelope Umbrico

Additional galleries to check out: 
Paul Kasmin
Pace Gallery