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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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25 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC) Thu, 02/09/2023 - 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 | 4 Student Exhibitions


Four exhibitions by the BFA Fine Arts department: Shades of Darkness curated by department chair Suzanne Anker; Hanging by a Thread curated by Sam Sherman; Prompt Response: Fusion of Forms curated by Joseph Tekippe, Luis Navarro, Federico Muelas Romero and artificial intelligence tools; and From Here to There curated by Gunars Prande. The exhibitions, divided into separate rooms within the gallery, will be dedicated to the various styles of work generated through painting, drawing, technological means and printmaking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, 4 Student Exhibitions

Opening Reception | 5 Photography Shows


Featuring: Patricia Beary Lens Sketches Susan Bowen Rounds Found Around John Custodio Ten Tanks Thom O'Connor They Are Now Among Us Michael Schenker European Textures
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, 5 Photography Shows

Opening Reception | 146th Annual Black & White Exhibition


This show is a juried members’ exhibition of black and white or monochromatic sepia drawings, graphics, photographs, paintings, and sculpture by artist members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, 146th Annual Black & White Exhibition

Opening Reception | Alyson Shotz: Alloys of Moonlight


Featuring a monumental polychromatic steel sculpture and luminescent three-dimensional aluminum wall works, Alloys of Moonlight delves further into questions that Shotz has been exploring throughout her nearly 30-year career: how do we grasp the mysterious forces that shape the universe, and how do we reconcile observable reality with the noumenal reality of environmental phenomena? This new body of work explores the dialectic between these axes, as Shotz refines a sculptural language to visualize the unseen and the sublime forces that frame the natural world. The works in Alloys of Moonlight act as instruments by which to measure and reflect the ineffable forces of nature.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Alyson Shotz: Alloys of Moonlight

Opening Reception | Anastasia Bay: The Stumbler's Parade


An exhibition of new work by the Brussels-based artist. Comprising a series of twelve paintings inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpiece "The Blind Leading the Blind" (1568). Rendered directly on canvas with soft pastels, Bay’s gestural, figurative imagery combines blocks of saturated color with loose and suggestive lines that convey motion: her figures travel across the canvas with speed and purpose. Bay draws deliberate connections to antiquity and art history in an oeuvre that routinely offers up such classical forms as Greek caryatids and Roman wrestlers. The works on view engage a more precise point of reference: they reflect Bay’s long fascination with "The Blind Leading the Blind" (1856), from the collection of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. Bruegel’s painting depicts six blind men grasping onto a walking stick at the moment when their leader stumbles and falls. Illustrating a Christian parable, this famous work creates a powerful sense of movement through the composition’s radically diagonal organization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Anastasia Bay: The Stumbler's Parade

Opening Reception | Pat Steir: Waterfall-Like Monoprints


An exhibition of monoprints by Pat Steir. Steir’s five-decade career as a painter has also included extensive explorations and innovative work in various printmaking mediums. Her iconic style, referencing waterfalls, resulted from her in-depth analysis of the application of pigments, specifically their relation to gravity, color layering, and density. Steir’s prints have evolved from her earlier etchings to an extensive use of the medium of silkscreen printing. In this exhibition of her monoprints, Steir has utilized the screen printing process to create work in a large scale, directly applying the energy of her mark and the flow of her palette. For her, it is a performance of painting and color.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Pat Steir: Waterfall-Like Monoprints

Opening Reception | Patrick + Victor Demarchelier: Father-Son Fashion Photographers


This joint exhibition of father Patrick and son Victor demonstrates the extreme elegance and perfection of their imagery and the continuation of a rich photographic legacy to the next generation.   Patrick Demarchelier is a towering name in contemporary fashion photography. In a career that spanned over four decades he maintained his position at the pinnacle of his profession by his consummate taste, style and meticulous technique. Born in the port city of Le Havre, Patrick began working in darkrooms and assisting photographers before magazines began hiring him on his own. His accomplished portraiture, exquisite use of color, and the elegance of his black and white work caught the eye of Condé Nast's famed editor Alexander Liberman and in 1974 he began working for American Vogue. His photographs appeared in the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar for over four decades. He also photographed innumerable advertising campaigns and his long-time collaboration with Christian Dior is represented in several photographs in this exhibition. Before Patrick's death in 2022, his son Victor assisted his father in the studio for several years after studying art and economics at Vassar College in New York and developing a particular interest in print-making. Father and son collaborated on work for Vogue and advertising clients such as Cartier before Victor's own career flourished to include major magazines and advertising clients such as Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, and Lancôme. His work is recognized for its beautiful lighting, the delicacy of its staging, and an interest in still-life and fine arts. Victor's photographs reflect today's continual reinvention of style and beauty and maintain the perfection and elegance that the name Demarchelier signifies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, Patrick + Victor Demarchelier: Father-Son Fashion Photographers

Opening Reception | The Bast Papers: A Street Art Force


If artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring captured the speed and energy of New York, Bast is the embodiment of Brooklyn – weirder, scrappier, hungrier. The anonymous street artist blends aspects of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism into his contemporary hieroglyphics. Incorporating anything and everything into his day-glo tinged visions – from cereal boxes to stray newspaper to scrap metal – Bast keeps his place as one of New York's original, and most original, street art forces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 9
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Opening Receptions, February 09, 2023, 02/09/2023, The Bast Papers: A Street Art Force

Opening Reception | with Wardrobe: Group Show


A group exhibition featuring works by CFGNY, Devin Kenny, Erika Ceruzzi, K8 Hardy, Keioui Keijaun Thomas, Ken Lum, and Pope.L. Through assemblage and performance, the artists reflect on self-styling as a practice that bridges private and public realms of appearance. Referencing various states of dress, with Wardrobe considers the body as a display mechanism tied to popular culture and global systems of material trade. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 11
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Opening Receptions, February 11, 2023, 02/11/2023, with Wardrobe: Group Show

Opening Reception | On the Edge of Visibility: Lessons in Transgression


Given the queer art history theme and the works therein, which genealogically deem with themes like love and idolization, it is most fitting that the exhibition opening is on the evening of Valentine’s Day. This show genealogically examines queer art history vis-a-vis depictions of libidinal desire, adulation, and admiration, finding its thematic apotheosis in works of the mid-to-late 19th and early 20th century, after the term “homosexual” was coined and came to affect self-conceptions of queerness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 14
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Opening Receptions, February 14, 2023, 02/14/2023, On the Edge of Visibility: Lessons in Transgression

Opening Reception | Susan Swartz: The Healing Power of Nature


An installation by acclaimed abstract artist Susan Swartz. The show focuses on the healing power of nature—the beauty, the resilience and the consistency, season after season, all of which have inspired the artist. Susan’s work addresses the dichotomy of nature to both heal and to destroy and the notion that the health of the earth is inextricably linked to human health. The abstractionist works, which feature organic elements and diverse colors, utilize acrylic on linen, mixed media and giclée prints to showcase the healing qualities of the natural landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 15
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Opening Receptions, February 15, 2023, 02/15/2023, Susan Swartz: The Healing Power of Nature

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 17
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Museumss, February 17, 2023, 02/17/2023, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Opening Reception | Robert Kushner: Then & Now


An exhibition bringing together fabric paintings from the 1970s and 1980s, many on view in the United States for the first time in forty years, side-by-side with recent paintings on canvas. Inviting conversations between these two bodies of work created decades apart, Then & Now highlights Robert Kushner’s deep and continuous exploration of the intersection of fine art and decoration, drawing from an expansive love of art and visual history.      
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 17, 2023, 02/17/2023, Robert Kushner: Then & Now

Opening Reception | Romanian Annual Fashion Showcase: Romanian-American Designer Camelia Skikos


This show brings front and center award-wining, San Francisco-based designer Camelia Skikos, an innovative creator working at the intersection of avantgarde aesthetics, technology, and political activism. The show focuses on the influential designer’s stylistic vocabulary as typified by the bold lines and cuts of her latest collections, “Permission to Bloom”, “Language of Goddess”, and “Imago”, which aim to discern, as an overarching goal, how garments can make an impact on our lives based on the unconscious relations between us and the clothes we wear. The approximately 20 pieces on display will be accompanied by sketches and illustrations, which underscore her complex creative process defined by a conscious effort to maintain a small environmental footprint by working with Bay Area garment manufacturers, by using cruelty-free materials, and by producing in limited quantities. Don’t miss the opportunity for an all-around access to the creative lab of a visionary designer whose ideas and works embody today’s most daring fashion creativity.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 17
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Opening Receptions, February 17, 2023, 02/17/2023, Romanian Annual Fashion Showcase: Romanian-American Designer Camelia Skikos

Opening Reception | The 4th Chelsea International Photography Competition Exhibition


A juried exhibition of contemporary photographs by local and international artists. Our annual photography competition exhibition provides a select group of photographers with the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of Chelsea. The winners were handpicked among hundreds of international and local applicants by an esteemed panel of jurors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 23
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Opening Receptions, February 23, 2023, 02/23/2023, The 4th Chelsea International Photography Competition Exhibition

Opening Reception | Annette Hur: Act of Wings


Resonating with her decision to leave South Korea and against patriarchal entitlement and violence, Annette Hur’s abstractions combine her visceral dream imagery and the symbolism of traditional Korean painting. Intertwining color and metaphor into images of outstretched wings, Hur poetically mediates between the natural and the constructed. She balances figurative elements with asymmetrical patterns like those found in Hanbok attire, which allude to strife, phases, endurance, and hope. Bold movements of abstract creatures expand throughout the canvas as Hur carefully coordinates colors with compositional logic to build allegorical narratives teetering between determination and perseverance. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 24
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Opening Receptions, February 24, 2023, 02/24/2023, Annette Hur: Act of Wings

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
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Museumss, February 25, 2023, 02/25/2023, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Opening Reception | Lahrgo: Out of East Africa


An exhibition of wildlife portraits and paintings depicting the culture in Rwanda and Tanzania. In 2015, artist Lahrgo had the incredible opportunity to travel and visit both countries, where her daughter was living at the time. From brushes with giant silverbacks while gorilla trekking, to close encounters with elephants and wildebeests on safari, Lahrgo was in awe of the natural beauty she witnessed. Her paintings are inspired by the photographs she took there.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 25
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Opening Receptions, February 25, 2023, 02/25/2023, Lahrgo: Out of East Africa

Opening Reception | Jane Freilicher: Abstractions


Demonstrating the expansiveness of Freilicher’s visual language and underscoring her contribution to a generation of New York City painters, Abstractions offers an opportunity to discover a series of work by an artist known primarily for her distinctive style of painterly representation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, March 02, 2023, 03/02/2023, Jane Freilicher: Abstractions

Opening Reception | Tina Barney: The Beginning


Spanning the years 1976 to 1981, this show brings together the earliest works of acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney. Featuring images largely unseen by the public, the exhibition chronicles a period of technical and artistic development that would lay the foundation for the complex and incisive tableaux that ultimately established Barney as a key figure in international photography. “The photographs in this book seem like X-rays of my mind,” she has said.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, March 02, 2023, 03/02/2023, Tina Barney: The Beginning

Opening Reception | 2 Exhibitions: Queer Cut Utopias / Of Mythic Worlds


Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias This will be the first New York solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Xiyadie. The name Xiyadie, which translates to Siberian Butterfly, is one the artist chose for himself to describe his upbringing in Weinan, a city in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China. A reflection of his personal and artistic evolution, the pseudonym also denotes Xiyadie’s enduring resilience despite the fact that he has never been able to freely show his work or live openly with regard to his sexual orientation. Queer Cut Utopias will feature more than thirty of Xiyadie’s intricate paper-cuts, dating from the early 1980s through today, each of which articulates his longing to fully express his queer desire. Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past through the Present This show will explore the ways in which rituals, myths, traditions, ideologies, and beliefs can intersect across cultures, histories, and time periods. The exhibition brings together fifty-three works by more than thirty artists including Jordan Belson, Lee Bontecou, Cameron, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Walter De Maria, Steffani Jemison, Duane Linklater, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Georgia O’Keeffe, Betye Saar, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, and Jack Whitten, among others. Spanning a wide range of historical periods and cultural traditions, Of Mythic Worlds highlights the esoteric and often elusive pursuit of understanding phenomena that are outside of our objective, worldly experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 7
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Opening Receptions, March 07, 2023, 03/07/2023, 2 Exhibitions: Queer Cut Utopias / Of Mythic Worlds

Opening Reception | Woven Stories: Group Show


A group exhibition of paintings and sculptures that express powerful collective and personal narratives, through the intersection of shapes, colors, and media. The curatorial selections highlight a variety of ways the artists approach geometry, palette, and form in compositions that range from conceptual abstraction, color fields, impressionistic landscapes all the way to traditional oil painting figuration. Many approach the theme through the use of patterns, mostly referenced from nature–be it the Finnish tundra, the Indian jungle, or the French Riviera–which inform the chromatic choice with subdued hints of peaches and purples, bright accents of yellow and orange, or splashes of oceanic turquoise and emerald green. The motifs and materials often betray a strong cultural undercurrent in their evocation of Asian textiles, Islamic calligraphy, Mexican pueblos, or Southern marine life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 9
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Opening Receptions, March 09, 2023, 03/09/2023, Woven Stories: Group Show

Opening Reception | Pete Turner: The Color of Light


Turner's passion for photography has brought him innumerable awards from various design groups and photography associations including The Outstanding Achievement in Photography award from the ASMP. In 1986, Harry Abrams published his first monograph, Pete Turner Photographs. His second monograph, Pete Turner African Journey (Graphis, 2001), is the visual diary of Turner's adventure in Africa which began with his first journey in 1959 from Cape Town to Cairo. His most recent book, The Color of Jazz, is a comprehensive collection of his memorable and provocative jazz album covers that have become legendary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 23
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Opening Receptions, March 23, 2023, 03/23/2023, Pete Turner: The Color of Light

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Mar 26
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Museumss, March 26, 2023, 03/26/2023, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions
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