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New York gives you numerous choices when you are in a mood to attend an art gallery exhibition or be a part of an exhibition opening. Some sources say that there are more than a thousand of art galleries in NYC and, of  course, you do not have time to attend them all. But the good thing is that art galleries are usually located in clusters and so if you go to one of them, there is, basically, a 100% chance that you will be able to see art works, be that paintings or photos or scupltures, in many other art galleries located just nearby, whatever neightborhood you happen to be in.

The very first neighborhood where artist lived and art galleries thrived in New York City was Grenwich Village, which boated active art scene as far back as 1850. That active art scene did last: Greenwich Village was the place where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened her Whitney Studio Club Gallery in 1914, which would become the Whitney Museum for American Art (now located in Chelsea).

With immigrants pouring into the city in larger numbers than ever before at the turn of the century, the wealthy families tried to outrun their spread uptown by moving to the Upper East Side. The art galleries followed the buyers and established themselves in the neighboorhood as well.

Midtown, Grenwich Village and the Upper East Side housed most of the New York art galleries for over 100 years. Those three neighborhoods continue to house many of Manhattan art galleries. Upper East Side art galleries are located mostly in the area between Park and Fifth Aves in the mid-70s. Midtown art galleries are clustered near Fifth Avenue. Many of them are on the 57th St. They usually represent big name artists.

Early in the 1960s artists started moving into the neglected commercial lofts of the cast-iron district south of Houston Street, known as SoHo. In the 1970s and ’80s SoHo was the City’s best-known art distric. But SoHo art galleries became the victims of the neighborhood's success which they themselves have created. Before the artists moved into SoHo, the neightborhood was an array of empty factories buildings and abandoned warehouses. Artists moved in as the premises had lots of light and space, and were dirt cheap. As the artists were right there, the art galleries sprang up. The neighboorhood attarcted crowds and so retailers decided to capitalize on the cool images that SoHo have attained. They flooded the area and it made the rents go skyhigh and made the area unaffordable to the artist community. This story repeats itself in many towns and cities all over the world, and so instead of dwelling on it, let us tell you which other neighborhoods have the galleries that you may want to atend. SoHo has become more of a shopping mall than a place to see intereating art work, although about 20 galleries are still located there. 

The first place that comes to mind when one talks about the artists' and galleries' flight from SoHo is, of course, Chelsea. That's where many of SoHo galleries had to run to when the skyrocketed rent forced them to leave SoHo in the 90s. Chelsea art galleries are located between 18th and 28th Streets going South/North and between 10th and 11th Avenues going East/West. If you start there you may end staying there, as Chelsea's list of galleries has about 200 names or so.

Another gallery district is the Lower East Side, which is located east of Bowery and between Houston and Grand Streets. The galleries here usually show up and coming artists. You can see there lots of local grown art. The neighborhood is filled with inviting bars, cafes and restaurants, and with small smart clothing shops. So you can combine gallery hoping with bar hoping and with shopping for something off the beaten track.
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16 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC) Thu, 10/06/2022 - and on...

There are over a thousand art galleries in New York, most of which are located in six Manhattan neighborhoods: Chelsea, SoHo, Midtown, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, and East Village. It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in NYC art galleries. Here is a good sampling to start with.

        

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Hypermnesia / Strange Magic


At the heart of Luis Edgar Mejicanos’ narrative-driven works is a fascination with painting and its potent ability to convey and elicit emotion. Grief is frequently at the forefront, partly due to the artist’s experience with loss in his own life, which he processes by casting himself as well as members of his family into hypothetical, dream-like vignettes. Hypermnesia, or as the philosopher Paolo Virno describes, “an increasing mnestic capacity following a crisis,” underscores his painterly approach, which begins in a haze of memory and fictive imagination, and gradually focuses or even factualizes alongside each meticulously rendered detail. Hypermnesia brings together a recent group of paintings that collectively play with the notion of the gaze, whether through the frame of surveilling devices such as camcorders and hearing aids that heighten one’s perception, or from the standpoint of actors, portrayed or otherwise, who observe each other from across the room. Part innate sensibility, part acquired skill – strange magic is one way to describe the extraordinary power wielded to achieve countless feats of parenting. Like gifted magicians, parents often assume the role of entertainer, charming their infant audiences through tactics of surprise and diversion, all the while ensuring an environment of safety and amusement. It is within this theatrical framework that Madeline Donahue explores the performative arcs of motherhood, from its embarrassing flops to its resounding joys. In Strange Magic, Donahue presents paintings, drawings, and ceramics that portray scenes at home over the course of a seemingly ordinary day; yet circumstances can turn at any moment.
   
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 2 Art Shows: Hypermnesia / Strange Magic

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Rising Curtain / reminiscent of  


Rising Curtain: Digital Paintings and Aquatints is an exhibition of 35 works by Chalda Maloff. In a world where the course of our existence is increasingly uncertain, general anxiety has intensified to an epoch-defining constant. To counter this collective sentiment, Maloff presents Rising Curtain as an affirmative celebration of each exquisite moment in time. In reminiscent of, Anne Mondro reflects on how time spent in nature inspires personal discoveries and intellectual curiosity, while serving as a positive distraction from recent experiences with grief and sadness. Drawing on these insights, she creates intricate organic sculptures reminiscent of flora and human anatomy. Mondro employs the methodical process of crocheting to fabricate the work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 2 Art Shows: Rising Curtain / reminiscent of &nbsp;

Opening Reception | 3 Art Openings: Ecce Homo / Pain Relief Drawings / We Rule


Ecce Homo: The Drawings of General Idea Founded in Toronto in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal, General Idea is recognized today as a key participant in the Conceptual Art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. From their early staged beauty pageants, boutiques, and talk shows to their later material output in the form of postcards, prints, posters, magazines, and wallpaper, General Idea enthusiastically embraced commercial forms and explored multimedia, conceptual, and performance work as a tool for engaging with popular culture and its repressions. Ibrahim El-Salahi: Pain Relief Drawings Born in 1930 in Omdurman, Sudan, Ibrahim El-Salahi has been a prolific, innovative, and highly influential international voice in the contemporary art discourse for more than sixty years. Featuring 122 drawings from the artist’s most recent series, This show will mark the first museum presentation of El-Salahi’s drawings in the United States. Drafted on the back of medicine packets, pill bottle labels, envelopes, and scraps of paper, the task of creating this intricate pen and ink series serves as a form of respite for the ninety-two-year-old artist, who finds diversion from his chronic pain through his daily drawing practice. Catherine Chalmers: We Rule Working at the intersection of art and science, New York-based artist Catherine Chalmers has built a multidisciplinary practice that celebrates nature and confronts humans’ often adversarial relationship with the earth. For her exhibition, Chalmers presents recent work alongside two site-specific installations inspired by her observation of and engagement with colonies of leafcutter ants on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 3 Art Openings: Ecce Homo / Pain Relief Drawings / We Rule

Opening Reception | William Patterson: The Magician’s Breakfast


In this body of new work, Patterson combines ancient narratives and modern references touching on a variety of themes such as the “biblical garden” and “original sin,” King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table, recent movies and domestic interiors. The characters and suggested narratives painted create poetic, contemplative images both humorous and poignant. Patterson channels the familiar into symbols, and the lessons of his artist heroes—from late Gothic painting to contemporary masters—provide the formal foundation of his compositions. A viridian green patch both harmonizes with and simultaneously repels the coral shape it is butted against; his juggling act with shapes and colors and obvious delight in formal mastery makes these works of compelling interest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, William Patterson: The Magician&rsquo;s Breakfast

Opening Reception | XL: Group Exhibition


Artists: Elio Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas, Jose Angel Vincench, Armando Marino, Gustavo Avcosta, Alberto Alejandro Rodriguez, Jean-Guerly Petion
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, XL: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Sasha Maslov: Scorched Earth, Broken Lives


This exhibit is a record of the sacrifice Ukrainians are making and the devastating effect the war has brought to the lives of Ukrainian communities all over the country. War doesn’t knock on your door asking if it can come in. It doesn’t warn you what will happen to your life, your family, your community, your town, or your country. It won’t tell you what your future will look like. It destroys everything; it takes everything away from you without warning. It gives you one thing in return: the chance to fight back. Ukrainians chose to fight back. Since February 24, 2022, millions of people in Ukraine have resisted Russia’s invasion of their country. Some streamed toward new front lines that stretched hundreds of kilometers on sea, land, and air. Some have chosen to dedicate their skills, whatever they might be, to help the country resist. Sasha Maslov is a Ukrainian-American portrait photographer and storyteller based in New York City. His work has been exhibited in various photo galleries and art spaces around Europe and the United States. Sasha, a regular contributor to a number of magazines and leading publications in New York and around the globe, is actively pursuing the development of his documentary projects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Sasha Maslov: Scorched Earth, Broken Lives

Opening Reception | The Mutation: Photographs of Northern Italy


Photographer Mike Slack's year-long exploration of Northern Italy. This sequence of images is from a larger body of work Slack is currently editing as a photobook.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 11, 2022, 10/11/2022, The Mutation: Photographs of Northern Italy

Opening Reception | Eric Aho: Threshold


In this new series of paintings, Eric Aho explores the various “threshold” spaces between water, earth, sky, and our own physical presence in the landscape. Developed over the past two years and drawn from the artist’s explorations of forests and wetlands, Aho reconstructs and reinvents his observations, composing a visual language of natural forms, feelings, and remembrances.  The borders where natural elements meet are disrupted by Aho’s intricate mark-making. Recognizable space is clarified towards the top of many of the paintings, where stark pine trees cut across open patches of sky. Moving towards the bottom of his canvases, closer to the artist’s vantage point, forms become fluid and colors grow more vivid, even fantastical. Critic Andrew Shea writes, “Aho allows the eye to wander, and his collection of smaller glimpses propose a teeming whole, accumulating and collapsing along with the precarious landscapes they depict.” 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 13, 2022, 10/13/2022, Eric Aho: Threshold

Opening Reception | Calling Out: Group Exhibition


With practices spanning video, drawing, painting, and installation, the annual Visual Artist AIRspace Residency exhibition features work by the 2021–22 cohort: artists Amina Ross, Jordan Strafer, Dhaynne Torres, and Red Canary Song. This exhibition explores the tension between labor and rest as tied to understandings of self, community and our built environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Calling Out: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Ellen Lesperance: The Land of Feminye


A solo exhibition of new paintings on paper, sweaters, and terra-cotta sculptures by Ellen Lesperance. Expanding upon her exploration of the visual language embedded in hand-made garments worn by women engaged in acts of empowerment, Lesperance turns to the distinctive clothing of the Amazons, a nation of all-female warriors whose battles were chronicled in Greek mythology and depicted in art from the 4th century BCE, particularly red-figure pottery.
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Ellen Lesperance: The Land of Feminye

Opening Reception | Susumu Kamijo: Jack & Venus


An exhibition of new paintings by New York-based Japanese artist Susumu Kamijo. Kamijo is critically admired for graphic compositions featuring abstracted poodles as vehicles for an ongoing exploration of pattern, color, and surface. With the works in Jack & Venus, the artist has incorporated new components—birds and foliage—expanding his deceptively charming visual vocabulary. The group of eleven vivacious paintings on view at Venus have been executed in a horizontal format— another shift in Kamijo’s approach—and with the artist’s delightfully expressionistic brushwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Susumu Kamijo: Jack & Venus

Opening Reception | Labor of Love: The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 30


The Vera List Center was founded in 1992 in direct response to the pressing debates of the day on freedom of speech, identity politics, and public support of the arts. In this exhibition, we carve out five themes that continue to shape everything we do—democracy, knowledge, identity, ecology, and care. Each area will be illuminated through archival and documentary material, tracking whether and how these debates and topics have shifted and evolved. As we identify common threads, we subject our own history to a self-critical course correction and challenge both archival and curatorial practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 20
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Labor of Love: The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 30

Opening Reception | Paul Winstanley: My Heart's in the Highlands


A solo exhibition of work by British artist Paul Winstanley (b. 1954). The exhibition will include 12 new paintings, all produced over the course of the past year, on view for the first time. Winstanley continues his career-long investigation into the relationship between painting and photography. In these new works he updates and re-paints images of early 19th century Alpine landscape paintings. The process involves initial layers of intervention using physical and digital printing processes that appear to incur damage and trauma to otherwise sublime images. Winstanley then re-constitutes and re-makes these images as new paintings for a more skeptical and problematic age. The new works present moments of intimacy and universality, offering comfort in the unknown. Winstanley’s photographic realism combined with painterly softness results in a sense of dreamlike wonder and ethereal openness, a certain romantic longing that Winstanley has mastered in his work and continues to build upon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Paul Winstanley: My Heart's in the Highlands

Opening Reception | Gi Huo: line


The first solo show of mixed-media artist Gi (Ginny) Huo. This new body of work draws upon the poetics of observing the unobservable and how the relationship to a line can evoke and inquire about unspoken experiences. Through family photo archives, Huo traces the stories and the lineage of their grandparents. The photographs, and sculptures within the installation, create new landscapes connecting to the Korean War, missionary work, celestial observatories and the use of language and translation as a central navigation point. Within the work, which features observatory platforms, archival photos, and abstractedGi Huo: telephone wires, Huo asks the viewer, what are the agreements to a line?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2022, 10/26/2022, Gi Huo: line

Opening Reception | Good Interventions '22: An Economic Design Exhibition


An economic and strategic design exhibition that aims at bringing together new and exciting work of designers who approach economies, societies and politics in new ways. Selected from 70 design projects created by more than 85 designers, the exhibition’s 15 projects that display Good Interventions have one thing in common: Deploying design, arts, and social sciences together to address pressing problems of our times.  From a dance choreography to perform the everyday life of a platform economic worker, to a feminist speculative design in money making; from metaverse financial space-making to attention deficit economies, from taqueria banks to macrame accounting, the 15 winning projects give a hand to the hands that open a door to new thinking about economies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 27, 2022, 10/27/2022, Good Interventions '22: An Economic Design Exhibition

Opening Reception | Flora Fantastic: Eco-Critical Contemporary Botanical Art (in-person and online)


The nature of plants can be two-sided, as the line between poison and panacea is often thin. The knowledge of what heals and what is a hazard can be traced back to pre colonial times. Ships from Empires crossing oceans carried plants as green gold together with enslaved peoples and animals. At the same time, the dual movement of colonizing landscapes and landscaping colonies by Europeans ensured that indigenous livelihoods were damaged in ways still palpable today. This exhibition brings together artists from post-colonial contexts who are looking critically at the colonial past and deconstructing history through the lens of the botanical. Kristaps Ancāns looks at the artificiality of domestic interiors decorated with indigenous plants removed from their native contexts, creating a sense of control over nature. Joiri Minaya addresses colonial encounters in the Americas, gesturing towards nature’s reclamation of her lands. Scherezade Garcia reveals interconnectedness between the natural environment and commercial enterprises. Virginia Wagner unearths how botanical knowledge is historically translated. Tamika Galanis investigates how botanicals became agents of health and resistance. A collaborative botanical timeline positions plants as protagonists in colonial history, capable of draining life out of the body or restoring well-being.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 04, 2022, 11/04/2022, Flora Fantastic: Eco-Critical Contemporary Botanical Art (in-person and online)
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