Galleries and Museums of New York City


First time I felt that Chelsea Galleries were amazing was at the Richard Serra’s exhibition. A friend of mine, who is a fine art major at School of Visual Arts, recommended Gagosian Gallery. During that time, Richard Serra’s works were displayed that were with steel and metals. He used materials that was hard and cold to create something that was soft and beautiful. In person, the impact and scale felt much bigger in comparison to the photos. This sparked my love for galleries in NYC. Ever since, i find time to visit these galleries. This is my current list of favorite galleries and museums in NYC.

Gagosian Gallery: 555 W 24th St New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum (Old Building)

You can find Edward Hopper, an American painter, at Whitney Museum. His paintings are painted with New York as a background which creates a more familiar feeling to New Yorkers visiting the exhibition. Calm colors and loneliness of the characters gravitates you into his paintings. Whitney Museum’s official name is Whitney Museum of American Art which indicates their focus on American Art. They have closed down their upper east side location and has been getting ready for an opening in the Chelsea location.

(currently closed): 99 Gansevoort StreetNew York, NY 10014

Guggenheim Museum

Inside Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is famous for it’s architecture and the architect himself Frank Lloyd Wright. Built up with circular shape, creates the feeling of each art pieces that hangs in the building as decoration. In any perspective and by anyone, photos taken of the space comes out beautifully like an art piece itself. No matter what kind of exhibition is happening here, it’s worth the trip to visit the space itself.

1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

Museum of Modern Art

Outside view of Moma

Claude Monet’s painting Water lilies originally was meant to be hung on a wall with curves. In Musee de L’Orangerie in Paris, his painting series are hung the way it was intended by the artist. However you don’t have to visit Paris in order to see his paintings. Although its not hung on a wall with round curves, you can find his paintings in its dedicated space at Museum of Modern Art in a huge scale. At MOMA, you will find famous painters like Picaso, Van Gough, Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and many others. I recommend going to empty your thoughts. Monet’s paintings are calming and peaceful to your eyes and mind.

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Brooklyn Museum

Inside Brooklyn Museum

In January of 2015, I saw Keith Hearing’s exhibition at San francisco museum. However, it was incomparable to same exhibition in Brooklyn. Keith hearing’s work was displayed from floor to ceiling. Although the exhibition in San Francisco was great in the way it was displayed, it couldn’t compare to the depth and quantity of his work at the Brooklyn Museum.

11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Metropolitan Museum

Egypt Pyramid section of Metropolitan Museum

Divided by country and periods, Metropolitan Museum is gigantic that you often have to carry a map to navigate your way. My favorite place to go is the cafeteria which is full of sculptures and Egypt pyramid room that faces the central park. In winter, they have a christmas tree that can be comparable to the famous Rocket feller center tree. If theres’ a christmas tree for winter, there’s the rooftop for summer at the Met. On a sunny day, rooftop is perfect place to view the central park. One of the biggest highlight for Met is the annual fashion exhibitions. I still can remember the first time I saw Alexandar Mcqueen’s exhibition. It’s something i wait for every year.

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

The Frick Collection

British National gallery is the first place i encountered William Turner’s work. His paintings were of ships that were facing powerful waves. The sense of urgency really comes to life in his beautiful paintings. The Frick Collection was the second place i found Turner’s paintings. However Frick Collection is known more for their collection of Rembrandt and Vermeer’s paintings. Mostly filled with artists from Netherlands. It’s also the collector Henry Frick’s former residence which gives another kind of fun going through the building.

1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

Neue Galerie

Painting of Bloch-Bauer’s portrait at Neue Galerie

If Austria’s Belvedere Palace has painting of Klimt’s Kiss, Neue Galerie has Adele Bloch-Bauer’s portrait which is also famous with richness of gold.

1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

During the 4 years of studying Graphic Design in New York City, I’ve learned and got inspired by these museums and galleries. You also can’t forget the annual Armory show and Frieze art fair, which brings all the galleries from the world together in one place. New York is a place truly for artists that even as a designer i wanted to become an artist.

This was my recommended list of galleries and Museum.

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