New York Chelsea Art Galleries

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It's very rare that I go to an art gallery and I am wowed, or even delighted. That was certainly the case for New York's art gallery hopping in Chelsea. All galleries were of walking distance to each other. How did I navigate through to find the best ones? First, I looked up what was happening on Art Forum. There is an art guide for all the new and upcoming shows for all the cities and worldwide. But to help navigate around I downloaded the Chelsea Gallery Map App for the latest exhibits in Chelsea. This app shows the times, locations, and current art being exhibited. 

The way to gauge which is the most important art-not to be missed is by big gallery names such as Gagosian GalleryDavid ZwirnerHauser & Wirth

Here are my top favorites that I encountered. 

DOUG AITKEN, NEW ERA

You can watch the incredible video centered around an 89-year old Martin Cooper's speaking about his invention of the first cell phone in 1973. The video is a kaleidoscope of beautiful alternating patters-caught in flux between nature, and the demise of technology today. In the next room of the exhibition is a flickering light installation with the words "Jungle" repeated over and over again. This show questions our abuse with technology and how it impacts our lives today. 

Doug Aitken,  JUNGLE  2018 Neon, wood 96 x 72 inches

Doug Aitken, JUNGLE 2018 Neon, wood 96 x 72 inches


DAN HERNANDEZ, GAME OVER

Game Over is the title of the solo exhibition of Dan Hernandez. His paintings explore the visual dialog between religion, mythology, and pop culture. The paintings demonstrate the relationship of shared stylistic qualities from Byzantine art in comparison to early Sega Genesis video games. He combines religious iconography with characters from those video games. 


HANNAH QUINLIVAN

Hannah Quinlivan,  Pellucid  2017

Hannah Quinlivan, Pellucid 2017

The shadows on the floor are traced with salt by hand.

The shadows on the floor are traced with salt by hand.


COSIMA VON BONIN, 'WHAT IF IT BARKS?'

A typical, "WTF did I just see," moment in New York.

A typical, "WTF did I just see," moment in New York.


Josée Beinvenu personal collection in the back of the main gallery makes you look twice with pieces by Fernanda Fragateiro, Julianne Swartz, and Yuken Teruya