530 W 25th St
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More than a physical gallery, the Agora Gallery supports emerging, mid-level and established artists with ARTmine, a website for selling contemporary art. This gallery also supports the artistic community with ARTisSpectrum, a biannual magazine featuring artists of all talent levels. With such abounding support, Agora has some very deep relationships with appreciative artists, adding impressive variety to the collections on display. Receptions at the gallery often draw hundreds of guests and are ideal for social networking among artists.
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Contemporary African Art Gallery
330 W 108th St
New York, NY 10025
Hours: Call to make an appointment, hours are flexible but allow a few days of advanced notice
The Contemporary African Art Gallery has been showcasing artists from Africa for over 20 years. Roughly 200 works from 30 artists are represented at all times. Most of these artists have made a name for themselves outside of the United States, but emerging artists are also featured constantly. The gallery gives New Yorkers – and Americans visiting New York – an opportunity found nowhere else; to see authentic, contemporary art from the depths of African culture.
Luhring Augustine Gallery
531 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011
Hours: Tue to Sat – 10 a.m to 6 p.m., July/August Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
The Luhring Augustine Gallery defines its central focus as “the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video and photography.” This gallery specializes in the confidential and ethical resale of works from such high-profile artists as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. This is the ideal gallery for those wishing to buy or sell expensive works of art by famous artists with both confidentiality and confidence in scholarship and ethical practices. In addition to the Manhattan Gallery, this spot maintains a second gallery in Brooklyn for large-scale and long-term projects.
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 W 22st St N
New York, NY 10011
Hours: Tue to Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for information on the other locations.
Another showcase for international contemporary art, the Matthew Marks Gallery features works from both European and American artists. Media includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, drawing and printmaking. In addition to the four New York locations, there is a brand new, fifth location in Los Angeles that opened in January of this year. Visit all of those within New York to get a healthy dose of contemporary education. Each gallery is unique in its own right, offering contemporary architecture and layouts.
Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
Price: Adults – $25, Seniors 65 and over – $18, Full-time students – $14, Children under 16 – free
Hours: Tues – Closed, Sat to Mon, Wed and Thurs – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fri – 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
One of New York City’s high-profile museums, the Museum of Modern Art features contemporary artists. While not actually a gallery, it is a great showcase of art for those who only wish to browse. The website has a guide for planning a family outing, so glance it over before your next visit. The museum’s six-story building offers many features that galleries don’t – audio tours with headphones, special exhibit halls, a beautiful sculpture garden and assistance for the visually impaired. The museum is family-friendly and very capable of handling large groups. For a great introduction to contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art is a perfect fit.
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SOHO Gallery for Digital Art
138 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10014
Price: Gallery admission is free, but events have specific prices ranging from $7-$30
Hours: Tue to Sat – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Click here for their calendar of events.
Located on Sullivan Street just south of Houston Street, the SOHO Gallery for Digital Art is a showcase for contemporary digital art, as well as a venue for numerous events. The gallery is as much a community space as an art gallery. Comedy and music shows, book readings, film screenings, fashion shows and gaming events help round out the calendar each year. Presenting exhibits and events from great art to great fun, the SGDA is the first step on the ladder to greatness for artists and acts worldwide.