The Large Galleries
The giants of the international commercial art world, these NYC galleries do everything from advising to tapping into the zeitgeist (and some might say creating the zeitgeist as well). Their shows range from new names to legends of modern/contemporary art; displayed in simple spaces and backed by impeccable research. In addition, many of the galleries publish catalogs and monographs, hold virtual and/or IRL exclusive interviews with artists, curators, and historians, posting the results on their websites. The result is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the field of art, from creation to collecting.
Marianne Boesky Gallery (507 &509 West 24th Street), Dashiell Manley: Model ___ (November 16, 2022 – January 7, 2023)
Gagosian (multiple locations), Roe Ethridge: American Polychronic (January 13 – February 25, 2023), Y. Z. Kami: Night and Day (January 17 – February 25, 2023), Cy Twombly (January 20 – March 4, 2023), Jonas Wood: Prints 2 (January 26 – February 25, 2023), Avedon 100 (May 4 – June 24, 2023)
Marion Goodman (24 West 57th Street), Andrea Fraser (January 12 – February 25, 2023)
Hauser & Wirth (multiple locations), Lucio Fontana: Sculpture (November 3, 2022 – February 4, 2023), Charles Gaines: Southern Trees (January 26 – April 1, 2023), Roberto Cuoghi: Pepsis (January 26 – April 1, 2023)
Lehmann Maupin (501 West 24th Street), Billy Childish: Spirit Guides and Other Guardians Joining Heaven and Earth (November 10, 2022 – January 7, 2023) and In Focus: Jennifer Steinkamp (November 10, 2022 – January 7, 2023), Robin Rhode: African Dream Root (January 12 – February 11, 2023), Alex Prager: Part Two: Run (January 19 – March 4, 2023)
Pace (540 West 25th Street), David Hockney: 20 Flowers and Some Bigger Pictures (January 13 – February 25, 2023), Tara Donovan (January 13 – February 25, 2023), Love Letter Curated by Loie Hollowell and Harminder Judge (January 13 – February 25, 2023), William Christenberry & RaMell Ross (January 13 – February 25, 2023), Robert Whitman: American Moon (January 18 – February 3, 2023)
David Zwirner (multiple locations), Tau Lewis: Vox Populi, Vox Dei (October 28, 2022 – January 7, 2023), Dan Flavin: Kornblee Gallery 1967 (January 10 – February 25, 2023), Félix González-Torres (January 12 – February 25, 2023), Roma/New York, 1953-1964 (January 12 – February 25, 2023), Gordon Matta-Clark & Pope.L: Impossible Failures (February 3 – April 1, 2023)
The Mid-Size & Small Galleries
Offering everything from a deep dive into a little-known aspect of an artist’s career, an introduction to an established artist from another country, or exploring a topic you never considered before, the mid-size and small galleries of NYC leave an indelible impression on visitors. Run by noted experts in their subject, these gallerists often place their artists’ works in major arts institutions around the country, helping create permanent collections that future generations of art lovers will find useful and relevant. The listing below is just a sample of the fantastic variety of works available for viewing this season.
Alison Bradley Projects (526 West 26th Street, Suite 814), Floating Monuments: Motoyuki Shitamichi (January 19 – March 1, 2023)
Andrew Edlin Gallery (212 Bowery) Ray Materson: Embroideries, 1990- 2023 (February 4 – March 18, 2023)
Garth Greenan Gallery (545 West 20th Street), Cannupa Hanska Luger: Hostile Territory (January 13 – February 25, 2023)
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd (39 East 78th Street, 4th Fl), Painted Clay: Wada Morihiro and Modern Ceramics of Japan (March 16-24, 2023)
Onishi Gallery (521 West 26th Street), Heated Colors, Hammered Forms: Female Metal Artists of Japan (March 16-24, 2023)
School Museums & Galleries
NYC has an international reputation for the depth and breadth of its educational institutions: what is less known is how many of them contain galleries open to the public (often with free admission). These spaces feature a stunning range of exhibition topics: alumni artworks, school collections/archives, and graduate students’ work in curation, design, and research.
Bard Graduate Center Gallery (18 West 86th Street), Staging the Table in Europe 1500-1800 and Shaped by the Loom: Weaving Worlds in the American Southwest (both shows February 17 – July 9, 2023)
The Museum at FIT (27th Street and Seventh Avenue), Designing Women: Fashion Creators and Their Interiors (November 30, 3033 – May 14, 2023)
ISLAA (50 East 78th Street), Political/Subjective Maps: Anna Bella Geiger, Magali Lara, Lea Lublin, and Margarita Paksa (October 23, 2022 – February 24, 2023)
Mishkin Gallery (Baruch College, 135 East 22nd Street), Carnival on Film (February 6-24, 2023)
New York Studio School (8 West 8th Street), To Speak of Everything: The Art of Raymond Mason (January 10 – February 20, 2023)
Wallach Art Center (Columbia University, 615 West 129th Street), Nothing #26 (February 3 – March 12, 2023), Austin Lee: Double Rendering (March 25 – April 9, 2023), A Speculative Impulse: Transgressing the Archive (March 25 – April 9, 2023)
Associations, Leagues, & Workshops
A side effect of NYC’s diversity is the tremendous amount of organizations eager to share their communities’ artistic/cultural contributions to the USA and the world at large. Their exhibitions are geared more towards contemporary and/or modern works, with the occasional historical show linking to the institution’s background. In addition, they offer concerts, educational programs, films, and lectures (both virtual and in-person) on a wide variety of subjects that are enjoyed by fans and newbies alike.
AS/COA (Americas Society/Council of the Americas) (680 Park Avenue at 68th Street), Bispo do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth (January 25 – May 20, 2023)
The Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street), Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias (February 3 – May 14, 2023) and Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past to the Present (March 8 – May 14, 2023)
Grolier Club (47 East 60th Street), ‘Pattern and Flow: A Golden Age of American Decorated Paper, 1960s to 2000s’ The Paper Legacy Project collection, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 18 – April 8, 2022) and Animated Advertising: 200 Years of Premiums, Promos, and Pop-Ups (December 1, 2022 – Februyary 11, 2023), information here
The National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South), A Masterpiece in the Making – Joaquín Sorolla’s Gouaches for The Vision of Spain (January 17 – April 26, 2023) information here
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center or 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64th & 65th Streets), Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars (until March 4, 2023)
New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street), Been Seen and Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures (both ongoing)
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (42nd Street and Fifth Avenue), Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures (ongoing)