The Large Galleries
You know them, even if you don’t follow the art scene that closely. Galleries in multiple locations (often the top ten most expensive places to live), representing well known artists or their estates, often involved with major blockbuster shows of auction houses, museums or arts events. Their shows are usually very good, presented in custom designed spaces that give the works and visitors plenty of room. We recommend visiting them from time to time: you won’t get a deeply emotional or overtly scholarly approach to the pieces, but you will gain an understanding as to the qualities that dealers, collectors, and critics look for when assessing modern/contemporary artwork. Below are listed a sample of these giants in the NYC art world:
Marianne Boesky Gallery (multiple locations): Winner Takes All (January 13 – February 19, 2022)
Gagosian (multiple locations): John Chamberlain: Stance, Rhythm, and Tilt (until February 5, 2022), Neil Jenny: American Realism Today (until January 29, 2022), Dan Flavin (until January 29, 2022), Damien Hirst: Forgiving and Forgetting (January 20 – February 26, 2022), Simon Hantaï: Les blancs de la couleur, la couleur du blanc (January 27 – March 5, 2022)
Lehmann Maupin (multiple locations): Ashley Bickerton: Seascapes at the End of History (January 27 – March 5, 2022)
Luhring Augustine (multiple locations): The Medieval Body – in conjunction with Sam Fogg (January 21 – March 12, 2022) and Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th – 19th Century – in conjunction with Francesca Galloway (January 26 – March 24, 2022)
Pace (540 West 25th Street): David Byrne: How I Learned About Non-Rational Logic (February 2 – March 19, 2022), Ad Reinhardt: Color Out of Darkness (February 11 – March 19, 2022), Peter Alexander (February 11 – March 19, 2022), and Epistrophy: Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, and William T. Williams (April 1 – May 7, 2022)
David Zwirner (multiple locations): Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge (November 3, 2021 – February 5, 2022), James Castle (January 13 – February 12, 2022), Unrepeated: Unique Prints from Two Palms (January 13 – February 12, 2022), Toni Morrison’s Black Book (January 20 – February 26, 2022), Nikita Gale: END OF SUBJECT (January 21 – March 26, 2022)
The Mid-Size & Small Galleries
These galleries fall into three basic categories: themes, up and coming (that may evolve into a superstar – or not), or good to excellent mid-career artists who aren’t well known beyond the discerning collectors looking for works that add meaning and context to their holdings. These are the gallerists who often place their artists’ works in major arts institutions around the country, helping museums create collections that future generations will find useful and relevant. The background research in their shows is incredibly useful to a gallery visitor, helping them understand the who, what, where, when, and why of the work on view. The listing below is just a sample of the many galleries representing the variety of art available in NYC.
Thomas Erben Gallery (526 West 26th Street, 4th Floor): Betsy Damon, Brenda Goodman, June Leaf, Jeanne Liotta, Caitlin Keogh, Anne Minich, Elizabeth Murray, and Elaine Stocki: Feminism and the Legacy of Surrealism (January 13 – February 19, 2022)
Sean Kelly Gallery (475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street): Alec Soth: A Pound of Pictures (January 14 – February 26, 2022)
Galerie Lelong (528 West 26th Street): Etel Adnan: Discovery of Immediacy (January 6 – February 19, 2022) and Michelle Stuart: The Imprints of Time: 1969 – 2021 (February 24 – March 26, 2022)
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery (100 Eleventh Avenue at 19th Street): Manhatta: City of Ambition (January 18 – March 26, 2022)
School Museums & Galleries
Normally we’d have more entries in this category but not every school is ready to present IRL exhibitions, although most do have a selection of online material. The listings below are just a sample of what’s available in these small but always interesting venues.
The Art Students League of New York (57th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue): Exhibition Outreach: Searchlight at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (January 6 – March 10, 2022)
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University (615 West 129th Street, near Broadway): What is the Use of Buddhist Art , Object Relations: Indigenous Belongings, and Time and Face: Daguerreotypes to Digital Prints. All on view December 4, 2021 – March 12, 2022.
Museum at FIT (27th Street and Seventh Avenue): Head to Toe (November 17, 2021 – May 8, 2022), Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties (January 19 – April 17, 2022)
The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture (8 West 8th Street, near Fifth Avenue): Likkle Tings, curated by Curtis Santiago (December 9, 2021 – January 23, 2022), Paul Resika: Allegory (San Nicola di Bari) (January 31 – March 6, 2022), Lourdes Bernard, The Women of April: Revolution and Migration (March 14 – April 10, 2022)
Associations, Leagues, & Workshops
Not quite galleries and not quite museums, these multifaceted arts centers may focus on a single discipline or act as a gathering place for artists of all kinds. Their exhibitions are geared more to contemporary and/or modern work, with the occasional historical show that links to the institution’s background.
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, near First Avenue): Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing (December 10, 2021 – March 22, 2022)
National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South): Art of the Abstract Mark: Libbie Mark’s Collage Paintings and Other Works, 1950s-1960s (January 18 – February 25, 2022), Robert Blackburn and Beyond: Exploring Printmaking (January 11 – February 4, 2022), Corey Presha: Ironing Out the Details (January 11 – February 4, 2022), Vincent Donato: Distorted Comfort (January 11 – February 4, 2022). More information is here
Society of Illustrators (63rd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenue): Eric Godal: A Cartoonist’s Fight for Human Rights (December 22, 2021 – April 30, 2022), Illustrators 64: Advertising, Institutional, Uncommissioned, Surface/Product Design Categories (January 7 – February 12, 2022), Kent State: 4 Dead in Ohio (January 7 – April 16, 2022), Illustrators 64: Editorial and Book Categories (February 16 – March 19, 2022)
Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn): Shuyi Cao: Egg-Born, Moisture-Born, With Scales, Without Scale (January 12 – February 25, 2022), Kris Rumman: Solo Exhibition (January 19 – April 8, 2022)