2022 Summer Preview: Galleries

Miles Davis, 1969. Iris print on rag paper Image: 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches (37.7 x 37.7 cm) Sheet: 16 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches (42.8 x 42.8 cm) © Lee Friedlander; Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and Luhring Augustine, New York

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): Marianne Boesky x Goodman Gallery: Fragile Crossings (June 23 – August 5, 2022)

Gagosian (multiple locations): Nam June Paik: Art in Process: Part One (May 24 – July 22, 2022), Nam June Paik: Art in Process: Part Two (July 19 – August 6, 2022), and Andreas Gursky (May 5 – July 29, 2022)

Marian Goodman (24 West 57th Street): Sabine Moritz (June 23 – August 19, 2022)

Hauser & Wirth (542 West 22nd Street): Nicole Eisenman Untitled (Show) (May 5 – July 22, 2022), Lee Lozano ALL VERBS (May 5 – July 29, 2022) and at the 32 East 69th Street location: Cindy Sherman 1977-1982 (May 4 – July 29, 2022)

Lehmann Maupin (multiple locations): Eyes of the Skin Curated by artist Teresita Fernández (June 9 – August 12, 2022)

Luhring Augustine (multiple locations): Lee Friedlander: American Musicians (June 9 – August 5, 2022)

Pace (540 West 25th Street): John Gerrard: Endling (June 29 – August 12, 2022), STUFF: Organized by Arlene Shechet (June 29 – August 19, 2022), Lucas Samaras: Albums (June 29 – August 19, 2022), Studio to Stage: Music Photography from the Fifties to the Present (June 29 – August 19, 2022)

David Zwirner (multiple locations): By Land, Air, Home, and Sea: The World of Frank Walter curated by Hilton Als (June 2 – July 29, 2022), Barbara Kruger (June 30 – August 12, 2022), For Keeps: Selected Parkett Editions 1984-2017 (June 30 – August 5, 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 fantastic variety of art available in NYC.

Peter Blum Gallery (176 Grand Street): Nicholas Galanin: It Flows Through (May 7 – July 22, 2022)

Ethan Cohen Gallery (251 West 19th Street): Armand Boua: Everything’s Alright (Ya Foye à Baby) (June 28 – August 27, 2022)

Andrew Edlin (212 Bowery): Tom Bronk: Recent Work (July 7 – August 12, 2022) and Helen Rae: Runway (July 7 – August 12, 2022)

R & Company (64 White Street): Serban Ionescu: Castle Garden (April 28 – August 12, 2022) and California: Hun Chung Lee (April 28 – August 12, 2022)


Cristóbal Balenciaga (left) Off-white silk faille evening dress Spring 1961 80.261.13, Gift of Mrs. Walter Eytan Christian Dior (right) Pale beige ribbed silk evening dress Metallic and faux stone embroidery, possibly by Rébé Autumn 1957 PL74.1.24, Gift of Mrs. Michael Blankfort

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): To Live is To Paint: Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, Dorothy Dehner, and American Modernism (July 21 – August 23, 2022)

Bard Graduate Center (86th street, between Columbus and Central Park West): Conserving Active Matter (March 25 – July 10, 2022) and Richard Tuttle: What Is the Object? (March 25 – July 10, 2022)

Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University (615 West 129th Street, near Broadway): Dead Lecturer/distant relative: Notes from the Woodshed, 1950-1980 (July 8 – October 1, 2022)

Museum at FIT (27th Street and Seventh Avenue): Dior + Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies (June 1 – November 6, 2022)


Kazuko Miyamoto, String around a cylinder of my height (foreground), 1977. © Kazuko Miyamoto. Courtesy of the artist; EXILE, Vienna; Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

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.

Austrian Cultural Forum New York (11 East 52nd Street): Crafting Fashion for Possible Futures Curated by Camille Boyer and Miriam Kathrein (June 24 – September 8, 2022)

Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, near First Avenue): Kazuko Miyamoto: To perform a line (April 29 – July 24, 2022)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza or 111 Amsterdam Avenue between 64th & 65th Streets): Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars (through March 4, 2023)

Society of Illustrators (63rd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenue): WHAT, ME PANIC? Celebrating Angelo Torres (May 11 – September 3, 2022) and Illustrator as Witness: A Selection of Author and Illustrator Nora Krug’s politically motivated visual non-fiction work (May 4 – September 4, 2022)

Urban Glass (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn): Nate Ricciuto: Subsidence (May 25 – August 26, 2022)