The Best Art Galleries in Chelsea NYC

The Chelsea neighborhood is known for its many art galleries. In fact, there are so many galleries that it has been given its own name: the Chelsea Gallery District. I’ll tell you which Art Galleries are especially worth mentioning in this article.

It is part of our series on the best art galleries in NYC. Be sure to also check out our tips on art galleries in SoHo and art galleries in the Lower East Side!

Amazing Art Galleries in Chelsea NYC Right Now

Looking for the best art galleries in Chelsea New York? We’ve got you covered! Here you find the most popular art galleries in Chelsea! Among them are well-known galleries like the David Zwirner Gallery but also small up-and-coming and very worth seeing art galleries.

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    01 Jack Shainman Gallery

    Contemporary works by African, Asian & North American artists are exhibited at this Chelsea gallery. Jack 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).

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    02 Cheim & Read

    The gallery was founded in 2001 by John Cheim and Howard Read. In contrast to its typical art neighbours, this exhibition hall is intended to show art that recognizes itself in the “architecturally conceived spatial volume”.

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    03 David Zwirner

    David Zwirner is a German art dealer. He comes from a family of artists and grew up with an art studio on the ground floor of where he lived.  He opened his first gallery space in the SoHo neighborhood. In total, there are 3 locations in NY – 19th Street, 20th Street, and 69th Street. In Hong Kong, his gallery is on Queen’s Road Central. In London, you’ll find his gallery on Grafton Street, and in Paris, you’ll see the gallery on rue Vieille du Temple.

    Zwirner specializes in contemporary art, representing emerging artists as well as historically important artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, and Gilbert & George. He began re-establishing links with artists of the older generation, including John Baldessari, Robert Motherwell, and Brice Marden, whose work he had first encountered as a student in California.

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    04 Gagosian Gallery

    The Gagosian Gallery has several locations in New York. It is one of the most important places for contemporary art and should be on your must-see list! Of the six different locations in New York, 555 West 24th Street and 541 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District are the ones I can highly recommend.

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    05 Galeria Nara Roesler

    Nara Roesler is a veteran Brazilian art dealer with her eponymous gallery in Chelsea. Established 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.

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    06 Matthew Marks Gallery

    Matthew Marks Gallery can be found twice in the Chelsea Gallery District. What do they have in common? Both are right on the High Line and can be found between 10th and 11th Street (at 22nd Street and at 24th Street).

    Particularly the Matthew Marks Gallery at 24th Street is very impressive: it is one of the biggest art exhibitions in Chelsea and shows works by famous artists like Jasper Johns & Nan Goldin.

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