John Lennon once declared New York as the center of the art world. And at the very epicenter of the New York art scene is Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, home to over 200 beloved galleries. Here we’ll narrow down the five to see this July.
REASON by Carsten Höller
Larry Gagosian’s New York outpost of his global empire, this gallery is a staple in Chelsea’s modern art scene. July sees The Gagosian reconstructed into a playfully eccentric laboratory by Carsten Höller, who draws inspiration from the natural sciences, their methodologies and the magnifying lens we use in our search to understand the world.
The Gagosian: 555 W 24th St
Lisson was founded in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdai, and has since proven itself as a transformational space for generations of international artists. From 23 June – 11 August, long-time Lisson collaborator Peter Joseph will be displaying his newest series of abstract installations. This will be Joseph’s sixteenth Lisson exhibition.
Lisson Gallery: 504 W 24th St
Facial Profiling: Curated by David C. Terry
Relatively new to the scene, C24 Gallery opened in 2011 with a commitment to bringing innovative contemporary art to the streets of Chelsea. C24 will showcase the work of seven NYSCA and NYFA Fellowship Award winners in, Facial Profiling. The exhibition will be critical examination of how we interpret the ‘self’ – through identity, culture, gender and obedience.
C24 Gallery: 560 W 24th St
David Zwirner is continually ranked as one of the most powerful and influential people in the contemporary art world, and his New York offering certainly packs the punch. You have until mid-July to engage with the works of the late Felix Gonzales-Torres, an artist who simultaneously exuded politics and poetry in his exploration of identity, love, sex, intimacy and death.
David Zwirner Gallery: 525 W 19th St
In his second exhibition with the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Meschac Gaba executes a powerful narrative on cultural identities and the contemporary issues faced by refugees and immigrants. A makeshift refugee tent becomes the central space for viewers to navigate and reflect on issues such as globalization, development and the role of the West.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery: 521 West 21st Street