Chelsea Museums and Galleries
555 W. 24th St., Chelsea
The jewel of Larry Gagosian's gallery empire is a gargantuan, museum-standard center in Chelsea: The space alone is worth a visit for its sheer monumentality. And fittingly, the stable of artists displayed there consists of the art world's heavyweights from Ed Ruscha, to Taryn Simon and Jeff Koons. There are multiple outposts in the city (including a second location on 21st street) along with galleries around the world.
531 W. 24th St., Chelsea
Founded in 1985 by co-owners Lawrence R. Luhring and Roland J. Augustine, this Chelsea gallery focuses on representing an international group of contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers, and multimedia artists. The roster is a roll-call for some of the world's most celebrated artists from Larry Clark to Joel Sternfeld, Pipilotti Rist, Janine Antoni, and more. There's also a location in Bushwick for larger scale projects.
Matthew Marks Gallery
523 W. 24th St., Chelsea
With a stable of some of our favorite contemporary artists and photographers—Luigi Ghiri, Nan Goldin and Terry Winters—gallerist Matthew Marks has made a name for himself for his offbeat, yet totally on-point exhibitions. There are three outposts in Chelsea.
99 Gansevoort, Meatpacking Disrict
The Whitney—a long-time doyenne on the UES shut its doors and moved to the Meatpacking District, where it sits in a Renzo Piano-designed building at the Southern end of the Highline. The Whitney decamped because of space constrictions up town, a situation that's now eased by its 200,000 square feet. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art is supposedly taking over The Whitney's previous Marcel Breuer's design home at Madison and 75th.) Bonus: It's open until 10pm on the weekends.
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