Inspirational Afternoons in the Art Galleries of Chelsea, New York

"Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

Many absorb themselves into New York's concrete jungle, brimming with activities and exploding with activity to promise nights without sleep and days full of relentless wandering. But in the Chelsea arts district, you can find art galleries that can put a momentary pause to the chaos. From traditional to modern art, and with a plethora of seasonal galleries, Chelsea is one of the most important arts districts in the world. Stretching from West 18th Street to West 27th Street, between 10 and 11th Ave, and a tangent off of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), it is an area that can fill many afternoons with inspiration. Most are open from 10 am to 6 pm, and the best thing is, almost all of these are free.

Many of the hundreds of galleries merit a visit all year round. They are often viewable from the Soho-style shops bordering West Village, or on top floors adjacent to studios of fashion houses. Some skirt around the High Line trail, which is a former railroad bed converted into a convenient walkway and hangout spot.

A few of our favorites are as follows, a list that continues to grow as we explore more! 

Cheim and Reid
Contemporary art from photography to painting to sculpture, all by well known established international artists.

David Zwirner

With a museum-like studio, the seasonal contemporary artists are of top notch quality, often commanding lines down Chelsea through several blocks! 

Gargosian Gallery

With a large, 20k square foot pedestal to showcase art, this one focuses on seasonal famous artists, including the likes of Warhol.

JoAnne Artman

An exhibit of award winning artists from California and New York, with seasonal modern and eclectic collections that speak of the namesake's background and passions.

Luhring Augustine
This gallery showcases an international collection of artists with varied mediums, from photography and video to painting and sculpting. A fun fact: it was designed by Richard Gluckman.

Matthew Marks
Touted as a neighborhood favorite, this multi-story gallery showcases international contemporary art. 

Mitchell Innes and Nash
A small space that imports European artists alongside American ones for anything from impressionist to structural and modern art.

Paul Kasmin
A mix of artists and corporate pay homage to art in this modern art and photography gallery. 

Sundaram Tagore
Devoted to exchanging ideas between Western and Eastern cultures, with exhibits from guest artists from the Southeastern region of Asia.

And while you're at it, check out The Museum at FIT, located in the heart of one of the most creative campuses. With seasonal fashion exhibits, this is truly a marriage of history, art and fashion, and is at the very least one of the most inspiring things you will see in New York.

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