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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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26 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC)

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 | Guy Woodard: We the People


Showcasing a refined technique born of necessity, Guy Woodard’s We the People illuminates one artist’s work and world, building a case for social justice and a contemporary dialogue around mass incarceration. Woodard’s series of evocative ballpoint pen drawings frame deeply moving illustrations of black life. Also included in the exhibition will be forgeries of documents that point to issues relevant to contemporary art and social history, including Tamir Rice’s police academy diploma and the diploma of Trayvon Martin from Howard University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 19
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Opening Receptions, June 19, 2019, 06/19/2019, Guy Woodard: We the People

Opening Reception | Curators Discuss Their Exhibitions


To commemorate the exhibition Against the Sun: The Photographs of Tahereh Fallahzadeh and the exhibition Architecture of Fia Backström, curators Phoebe d'Heurle and Hadi Fallahpisheh will be giving intimate talks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Curators Discuss Their Exhibitions

Opening Reception | (decrypted) micro-myths: Installation, Drawing, Mixed Media


A solo exhibition of installation, drawing, and mixed media works by New York-based artist Joseph Burwell. Burwell's multi-faceted presentations combine precise architectural elements with two-dimensional renderings, signs, and objects, displayed throughout the fragmented space in unconventional ways. There is no single ideal vantage point, but rather, we gain clues to the undercurrents of the work by circling its sculptural elements or peering through cut-outs that frame an opposite setting. The artist's background in architecture echoes in his dexterous use of industrial materials and sharply rendered interiors, and while the work proposes settings that could be inhabited, those settings are also seemingly illogical, populated by objects that take the place of human characters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, (decrypted) micro-myths: Installation, Drawing, Mixed Media

Opening Reception | 13BC: Fatal Act


Fatal Act concerns the ongoing legacy of atomic warfare and testing in the United States, spanning histories of war, toxicity, and the images made to celebrate or contest this legacy.  The project takes its bearings from an unlikely correspondence between Claude Eatherly, the U.S. Air Force pilot whose "all clear" weather report precipitated the bombing of Hiroshima and whose botched robberies after the war landed him in and out of jail and psychiatric care, and Günther Anders, the German anti-nuclear activist and theorist who fixated on technology's capacity to outpace any human intention. More particularly, Fatal Act takes shape around a film that never came to be: Bob Hope’s attempted biopic of the life and crimes of Eatherly, a film that Anders warned stridently against, arguing that it would falsify the most “fatal act” of the century. The exhibition extends from Anders’s rejection of the unmade film to articulate a broader refusal of the iconic images and atomic aesthetics that shaped public memory and sought to nullify revolt against nuclear proliferation, pollution, and the exploitation of indigenous land. The works that comprise Fatal Act develop provisional and analogical forms that seek to grapple with these histories, tracing paths between prop closets and desert test sites, casinos and waterfalls, Foley studios and Geiger counters, Hollywood sets and military hospitals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, 13BC: Fatal Act

Opening Reception | Abstract, Representational, and So Forth: Group Show


An exhibition that highlights a selection of contemporary artists who work with ceramics. Focusing on examples that are hung on the wall, the ceramics in this exhibition portray how this particularly malleable medium is able to transform in various modes and interact with architectural space as both a support and a means to elaborate different forms. Artists exhibiting include: Sarah Crowner Magdalena Suarez Frimkess Alteronce Gumby Mary Heilmann Lena Henke Cameron Jamie Liz Larner Andrew Lord Nick Mauss Luigi Ontani Rosemarie Trockel Betty Woodman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Abstract, Representational, and So Forth: Group Show

Opening Reception | Bard x HGG: Photography Show


A show which pairs work by seven of his recent graduates from Bard College with photographs by historic 20th century artists pulled from the gallery’s vast archives. Works by the Bard graduates—Jasmine Clarke, Madison Emond, Briauna Falk, Vanessa Kotovich, Jackson Siegal, Naomi Zahler, and Ying Jing Zheng—are paired with photographs by Dave Heath, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Lisette Model, Frederick Sommer, Stephen Shore, Joseph Sudek, and Minor White from Howard Greenberg Gallery’s extensive holdings.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Bard x HGG: Photography Show

Opening Reception | cart, horse, cart: Structures Embedded in Abstraction


A group exhibition that brings together the work of 15 artists. Taken together, the works reveal the deliberate structures embedded in abstraction. The works presented emerge from more traditional formal, material, and spatial concerns, while also explicitly engaging with social, political, and psychological areas of influence to expand the established narrative traditionally used to answer the question, “Where does abstraction come from?”  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, cart, horse, cart: Structures Embedded in Abstraction

Opening Reception | Farah Atassi: Paintings


The first exhibition of Farah Atassi with the gallery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Farah Atassi: Paintings

Opening Reception | Suddenly: New Color Photographs from Italy


An exhibition of new work by Allen Frame made by the artist during a year-long residency at the American Academy in Rome. The exhibition consists of new color photographs from Italy: figures in outdoor settings in Rome, Positano, Polignano a Vito, Argentario, and Capalbio, as well as two multi-piece works that juxtapose anonymous found photographs with Frame’s own images, expanding the narrative context while highlighting the individually-framed vernacular pictures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Suddenly: New Color Photographs from Italy

Opening Reception | Tarzan Boy: A Hypnagogic Terrain of Schoolboy Days


Tarzan Boy is by Chicago-based artist Billy Buck and Salt Lake City-based artist Jacob Haupt. Through super heroes, dreams, and sorcery, this exhibition visits a hypnagogic terrain of schoolboy days. In these redesigned realities the mystique of the human figure is transformed and there is an affinity for the common place object. The show takes its title from the 1985 song “Tarzan Boy” by Baltimora. In this revisited boyhood, characters are elevated from their real life identities and disposable materials transcend their original purposes. Buck and Haupt unpretentiously utilize consumer items such as bologna slices, trash bags, rubber gloves, and tape, to name a few, as they explore the relationship of creating a photograph as a sculptural process. These works simultaneously reflect an innate desire to remain youthful while thoughtfully referencing the existential mortality inherent in superhero stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, Tarzan Boy: A Hypnagogic Terrain of Schoolboy Days

Opening Reception | The Flaneur: Reflecting the City


Coined by 19th-century French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire, the term “flâneur” describes a person who walks the city in order to experience it. For this group show, the artists were asked to inhabit the role of flâneur themselves, reflecting on the bustle and diversity of city life as only artists can. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2019, 06/20/2019, The Flaneur: Reflecting the City

Opening Reception | Just Painting: Group Exhibition


There is a lot that painting cannot do. Yet this exhibition brings together paintings that aspire to do something even as they acknowledge their own limits. The title refers to the casual contingencies of a thing in the world, but also asks whether an object can have ethical qualities or aspirations. Can paintings be generous, selfish, humble, jealous, patient, greedy, or kind? How do they coexist with each other? What might they teach us about how to live together in the world? For the artists in this exhibition, work and life—how they make, what they make, and how they live—are intimately connected. The what and how of the work is inherently linked to the why. On the surface, the works in these rooms are not marked by any particular taste or style: some are precise, others roughshod; a few are representational, many are abstract; most were made recently, though others are decades or over a century old. At stake, on the one hand, is the materiality of painting. On the other is the question of how to live.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 21
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Opening Receptions, June 21, 2019, 06/21/2019, Just Painting: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Lars Erik Falk: Degrees to Slope


A solo exhibition of works by Swedish artist Lars Erik Falk, he mini-retrospective aims to explore Falk’s dynamic practice influenced by both the constructive and concrete art movements as a sculptor and painter. A selection of pieces spanning from the late 1940s to early 1980s, examine an important part of the artists’ oeuvre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 21
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Opening Receptions, June 21, 2019, 06/21/2019, Lars Erik Falk: Degrees to Slope

Open Studios | Open Studios


The public can go behind the scenes and meet artists-in-residence in their studios. Over the course of two days, audiences learn about the practices and processes of multi-disciplinary artists working in the transformed office spaces, and experience a wide range of artwork from live performance and theater to poetry and fiction to painting and sculpture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 21
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Open Studioss, June 21, 2019, 06/21/2019, Open Studios

Open Studios | Open Studios


The public can go behind the scenes and meet artists-in-residence in their studios. Over the course of two days, audiences learn about the practices and processes of multi-disciplinary artists working in the transformed office spaces, and experience a wide range of artwork from live performance and theater to poetry and fiction to painting and sculpture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 22
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Open Studioss, June 22, 2019, 06/22/2019, Open Studios

Opening Reception | Water Thief: Ten Years of Works on Paper


Nathlie Provosty’s third solo exhibition with the gallery features ten years of the artist’s works on paper. These pieces, almost entirely in water media, feel familiar while being completely awash in more novel reflections of form, color, and marking. The show’s title, Water Thief, comes from the translation of the Greek word “clepsydra,” an ancient device that keeps time by measuring the flow of water. Taken as a group, all of the works mark the passage of time—time as a medium of exchange as well as a propeller of thought.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 25
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Opening Receptions, June 25, 2019, 06/25/2019, Water Thief: Ten Years of Works on Paper

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Family Album / As the Plane Was Reaching Cruising Altitude


Margot Bergman's Family Album Chicago-based artist Margot Bergman presents recent paintings and, for the first time ever, photographs. Bergman (b. 1934) has sustained an active painting practice in Chicago since the 1950s and honed a peerless style of figuration. For the last 15 years her subject matter has focused on individual faces of imagined people, predominantly women. Her style is characterized by active expressionistic brush work, unconcerned with symmetry, realistic proportions, and traditional notions of femininity. Nathalie Du Pasquier's As the Plane Was Reaching Cruising Altitude Nathalie Du Pasquier presents an installation of colorful geometric paintings on paper and monochromatic wooden objects, using the architectural plan of the third floor gallery as a field for her composition. Juxtaposing two-dimensional patterns and three-dimensional constructions, she examines the relationship between pictorial space and actual planes in the surrounding environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 26
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Opening Receptions, June 26, 2019, 06/26/2019, 2 Art Shows: Family Album / As the Plane Was Reaching Cruising Altitude

Opening Reception | At the Temperature of My Body: An Emerging World of Biotechnological Rituals


Multidisciplinary artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s second solo exhibition with the gallery is a meditation on intimacy and obsession in an emerging world of biotechnological rituals. The exhibition features three new bodies of work that correspond to three stages of love: desire, attachment, and grief. Through the frame of speculative narrative, Dewey-Hagborg introduces us to science that is entirely real.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 26, 2019, 06/26/2019, At the Temperature of My Body: An Emerging World of Biotechnological Rituals

Opening Reception | 2018-2019 Visual Arts AIRspace Exhibition


A culminating exhibition for the Visual Arts AIRspace Residents American Artist, Emilio Martinez Poppe, Tuesday Smilie, and Sasha Wortzel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 27, 2019, 06/27/2019, 2018-2019 Visual Arts AIRspace Exhibition

Opening Reception | How Much Is the Fish?: An Unlikely Gathering of Brothers


In Gabriele Edlbauer's sculptures, strangely indeterminate animal heads grow out of bodies marked as male. It is unclear if the life-sized figures are humans half-transformed into animals or animals with human properties - they are put into a metonymic tension where it is no longer certain who represents whom or what. By looking at the group of sculptures, it becomes clear that these figures show an unlikely gathering of brothers, connected through a mutual activity: fishing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 27, 2019, 06/27/2019, How Much Is the Fish?: An Unlikely Gathering of Brothers

Opening Reception | The Flower Whisperer: Paintings by Oscar-Winning Actor Joel Grey


In his second exhibition at the gallery, Joel Grey celebrates his long time passion and appreciation of nature’s floral mysteries. Familiar flowers, sunflowers, lilies, irises, tulips, and more are transformed through his eye and camera lens to fantastic forms. They range from the abstracted and subtle to the exaggerated and dramatic. Colors are both vivid and subdued, highly saturated and playful, mysterious and sensual, chic and fanciful. These images transcend their subject and provide a powerful impact.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 27, 2019, 06/27/2019, The Flower Whisperer: Paintings by Oscar-Winning Actor Joel Grey

Opening Reception | Graffiti Warriors: Pistol and Bama, Pioneers of Subway Art


This show celebrates the past and present art of two pioneer graffiti artists of the early 1970s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jun 27
7:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, June 27, 2019, 06/27/2019, Graffiti Warriors: Pistol and Bama, Pioneers of Subway Art

Opening Reception | Painters of the East End: Group Show


The exhibition explores the commonalities and distinctions of the work produced amongst the coterie culture of Long Island’s South Fork during the mid-twentieth century, including Mary Abbott, Nell Blaine, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Charlotte Park, Betty Parsons, and Jane Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 11
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Opening Receptions, July 11, 2019, 07/11/2019, Painters of the East End: Group Show

Opening Reception | Summertime Salon 2019: Group Show


An annual photography exhibit featuring gallery artists as well as a few newcomers. It brings together the works of 60 gallery artists and nearly a hundred photographs for this salon-style exhibition. From floor to ceiling, the walls of the gallery are a mosaic of various sized photographs in sepia, color and black & white, expertly hung to fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 17
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Opening Receptions, July 17, 2019, 07/17/2019, Summertime Salon 2019: Group Show

Opening Reception | Stellar: New Paintings


From the artist, Bobby Hill: "Stellar is a story of getting back to the basics in order to move forward and rediscover who I am as a visual artist. To me, this meant using my life as the subject matter. Taking more time than usual to create each piece and being very deliberate with the composition. Painting with the brush rather than drawing with the brush. Scraping away layers of paint and collage materials that's been building up on each found wooden panel over the last ten plus years. Although I'm known for my mixed media screenprints, creatively I believe there are other levels to ascend to."
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Thu, Jul 25
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Opening Receptions, July 25, 2019, 07/25/2019, Stellar: New Paintings

Opening Reception | Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information


Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information, curated by renowned design expert and chair of our MPS Branding program, Debbie Millman. Millman dug deep into her own personal collection of text-based works to tell a story about the ways in which words, text and information influence art, design, literature and music. Works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Dave Eggers, Deborah Kass, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July, Kim Gordon, and more will be on display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 6
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Opening Receptions, September 06, 2019, 09/06/2019, Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information
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