Chelsea may be the go-to area for an afternoon gallery walk, but Manhattan is home to a host of art spaces that will be sure to pique your interest. Check out these must-see spots:
Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 10th Ave.
In the heart of the gallery district, you’ll find Paul Kasmin Gallery, which was once home to the work of David LaChapelle and Robert Indiana. These pop art legends set the tone for the gallery going forward, as there are often vibrant works on display. Currently, you can take a peek at Doubletake, a collection of a stripey, drippy pieces that are sure to catch your eye. This iconic space is part of Chelsea’s booming gallery scene and is not to be missed.
525 W 19th St. and 537 W 20th St.
This contemporary gallery often garners tons of social media attention, as it has been the home of funky and colorful installations. Dan Flavin’s neon light sculptures and Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room are two bright exhibitions that encourage visitors to not only observe the space, but interact with it as well. David Zwirner has one large warehouse space and one traditional gallery, allowing for a range of different installations.
537 W 24th St., 510 W 25th St., 32 E 57th St.
Founded in 1960, Pace Gallery represents over 80 artists and has three locations in Manhattan. A fun fact about their Chelsea location: in July 2013, Jay Z filmed the music video for “Picasso Baby” in front of a live audience of fans and artists. This summer, two of their venues revived James Turrell’s light projections from the ‘60s to highlight the relationship between space, light and perception. Keep an eye out for their exhibitions that explore both art and technology.
Located just a few blocks from campus, pop into The Hole to take a break from hitting the books. Part of wallplay, a collection of creative spaces, this gallery works with emerging artists to execute thought-provoking and culturally relevant exhibitions. Check out the Wallplay Shop right next door for additional, small scale collections.
72 Gansevoort St.
Visible from the outdoor exhibition space on the upper floors of the Whitney Museum, Redbird Gallery is located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Make a day of it: walk The Highline, explore The Whitney and head over to Redbird. The industrial vibe of the gallery seamlessly accommodates the edgy artists they showcase. Whether they’re showing Ron English’s famed, comic book-esque paintings or more graffiti-style work of up-and-coming artists, Redbird is definitely a spot to take a look at.
149 Orchard St.
This pocket-sized exhibition space is located on the Lower East Side. Krause Gallery showcases the work of a range of artists that tap into technology and other mediums to create multi-faceted works. Visit the gallery’s two floors to see Chris Dean’s lenticular prints, through which he explores the novelty of specialized printmaking and the differing experiences of viewers.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 17 print edition. Email Grace Halio at [email protected]