Our 6 favorite art galleries in NYC

There are 1,500 art galleries in NYC, according to some estimates, making it the largest concentration of galleries in the world. We were lucky to meet Elizabeth Fiore who is an Art Advisory in New York City and specializes in building private and corporate collections.

In this article, Elizabeth shares the best art galleries in NYC and her absolute favorites with us. Who could know better than her, right?

Elizabeth Fiore: Art Advisory in New York City

Elisabeth Fiore“Our emphasis is on contemporary art and our expertise reaches back across the twentieth century and beyond. We offer a full spectrum of professional services tailored to clients’ individual priorities, providing expert guidance in acquisitions and all aspects of collection management. Drawing on our global network of contacts, knowledge of the current market, and insight into established and emerging trends, we assist in the selection of works that both reflect clients’ personal tastes and retain aesthetic and financial value in the long term.”

At Elizabeth Fiore Art Advisory, their passion is working with people. The foundation of their success lies in strong, lasting, intimate, and independent relationships with artists, galleries, collectors, and curators around the world. By investing in those relationships, they create opportunities to connect clients with the art they value most. We are excited to get her inside scoop on the best art galleries in NYC first hand.

The best art galleries in NYC

1. Karma in the East Village

Karma’s program is tied to two major factors: a new generation of artists who consistently push the envelope and the boundaries of traditional mediums, such as Nicolas Party and Alex da Corte, as well as an older generation of artists, such as Robert Duran and Paul Mogensen, who have been relatively undervalued for the majority of their careers. Because of this, Karma has a strong, cohesive program with a clear point of view – a valuable asset in the art world (188 E 2nd Street).

2. Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea

Jack Shainman art gallery in ChelseaJack Shaiman is committed to cultural diversity, championing artists from around the world, in particular, artists from Africa, East Asia, and North America. As an important member of the international art scene, Shainman backs major artists like Nick Cave and Kerry James Marshall as well as up and comers Paul Anthony Smith, not only exhibiting in the gallery and at fairs, but securing museum exhibitions and publishing scholarly essays as well (513 W 20th Street).

3. Van Doren Waxter on the Upper East Side

NYC Gallery VAN DOREN WAXTERVan Doren Waxter has had great success in the way they have merged the historical with the emerging, representing stalwarts like Richard Diebenkorn and Anne Truitt while backing relative newcomers Evan Nesbit and Mariah Robertson.

Their strength lies in their equal commitment to both the new and the old, with exhibitions and fair booths that consistently capitalize on and proudly display the broad range of decades of work in their stable (23 East 73rd Street).

4. Galerie Nara Roesler on the Upper East Side

Galerie Nara Roesler signageEstablished over 40 years ago in Brazil, Galerie Nara Roesler shows an array of diverse artists from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and more. Some of my favorites are Vik Muniz (Brazilian), Alexandre Arrechea (Cuban) and sculptor Arthur Lescher (Brazilian). They opened a small space in New York (a contrast to their Sao Paolo outpost), and are dedicated to their artists worldwide.

Be on the lookout for some exciting news for New York and in the meantime visit them in their charming gallery on East 69th Street (22 E 69th Street).

5. Sean Kelly Gallery New York at Hudson Yards

Sean Kelly’s program is full of artists with diverse practices, such as Alex Soth, Janiana Tschape, Sam Moyer, and Anthony McCall. The gallery takes risks for their artists, putting on exhibitions that utilize or modify the vast gallery space and often move beyond the notion of the basic “white cube” (475 10th Avenue).

6. Magenta Plains on the Lower East Side

Magenta Plains is a young gallery with a relatively small program that prioritizes artists with unique voices, like Ebecho Muslimova and Alex Kwartler. Their strength lies in the careful selection, prioritizing quality over quantity and fostering context and meaning for the development of new ideas (94 Allen Street).

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Calling New York City home is still pretty surreal. After moving here 5 years ago, I still see it as my dream life. Ever since I’ve been exploring this amazing city for Loving New York I’ve grown to love it even more. I love hooking all of you up with the inside scoop, top attractions, events and everything in between. I'm your go-to person for the hidden gems, best restaurants and the absolute best things to do in the city that never sleeps.

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