Best Abstract Art Exhibits In New York City

August 17, 2015 6:00 AM

Guggenheim Museum in New York City (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Guggenheim Museum in New York City
(Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Looking for an abstract art exhibit? Need some inspiration? New York City is full of museums and galleries featuring all different types of artwork. Check out one — or all — of these New York City abstract art exhibits.

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Kandinsky Gallery 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500

Date: July 1, 2016 – Spring 2016

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit the Guggenheim and you’re an abstract art fan, here it is! The famous Fifth Avenue museum is exhibiting Wassily Kandinsky’s work. Kandinsky was a prominent Russian artist and one of the first to dabble in abstract art. The Guggenheim exhibition includes work that follows Kandinsky’s journey from his beginnings in Munich, his years in between in Russia and Germany during World War I, and his final years in Paris. The Kandinsky Gallery is organized by senior curator, collections and exhibitions, Tracey Bashkoff, and associate curator, collections and provenance, Megan Fontanella.

Many Faces of Abstraction 
Anita Shapolsky Gallery
152 E. 65th St.
New York, NY 10065
(212) 452-1094

Date: July 8, 2015 – Sept. 19, 2015

The Anita Shapolsky Gallery celebrates abstract art with an exhibition from more than 15 artists. The Many Faces of Abstraction exhibit maintains the gallery’s reputation of presenting art that is enthralling and energizing. The works presented in the exhibit are all paintings and paper works. Artists included in the exhibit are Mario Bencomo, Seymour Boardman, Ilya Bolotowsky, Peter Busa, Perez Celis, Nassos Daphnis, Beauford Delaney, Nathalie Edgar, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Burt Hasen, William Manning, Joseph De Martini, Andy Moses, Thomas Nonn, Richards Ruben, William Scharf and more.

Mary Heilmann: Sunset
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 570-3600

Date: May 1, 2015 – Sept 27, 2015

Head on over to the West Village and check out the Mary Heilmann: Sunset exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition utilizes the museum’s large outdoor gallery through a unique abstract installation of colorful chairs. Feel free to sit in the chairs, enjoy the gorgeous city view, and talk to others enjoying the installation. Mary Heilmann: Sunset is meant to encourage museumgoers to interact with one another and the cityscape beyond. The installation is organized by the Nancy and Steve Crown family curator and associate director of programs, Scott Rothkopf.

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Empty House Casa Vazia 
Luhring Augustine
531 W. 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-9055

Date: June 27, 2015 – Aug. 28, 2015

Empty House Casa Vazia is a unique sculpture exhibition at the Luhring Augustine in Chelsea. The exhibition features sculptural work from a group of Brazilian artists appealing to neoconcretism. Neoconcretism was an art movement in Brazil in the 1950’s that tested the rational approach to early abstract art. Empty House Casa Vazia is organized by Lucrecia Zappi and Donald Johnson Montenegro. Artists include Waltercio Caldas, Lygia Clark, Raymundo Colares, Adriano Costa, Alexandre da Cunha, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Antonio Dias, Marcius Galan, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Rodrigo Matheus, Paulo Monteiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga, and Erika Verzutti.

Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-1222

Date: June 10, 2015 – Sept. 13, 2015

Visit the New Museum to view the very first Albert Oehlen New York exhibition titled Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden. Curated by artistic director, Massimiliano Gioni, with Kraus family curator, Gary Carrion-Murayari, and assistant curator, Natalie Bell, the exhibition highlights Oehlen’s influential work. The German artist is well known for combining abstract and figurative material in his work, and for his computer paintings. Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden includes a number of the artist’s earlier work, his 1990’s computer paintings, and some more recent work.

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Lanya Trypupenko is a freelance writer living in NYC and covering all things New York. She is a self-proclaimed shopaholic who is always on the lookout for the latest trends and deals. Her work can be found on

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