August 17, 2020

NYC Art Galleries - Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is home to multi-story gallery spaces with grand spiraling staircases and blue-chip art
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New York Art Galleries - Upper East Side 

Since New York has so many galleries, I’ve split my lists up by neighborhood. While these are not ALL of the galleries in this particular area, these are the galleries I go to regularly because they have an engaging program and usually put on a great exhibit. 

The Upper East Side is home to a lot of secondary market galleries - aka galleries that sell artworks that have come from previous owners, and not directly from the artist’s studio. Those aren’t my particular cup of tea, so I’ve excluded a lot of them. However, it’s still worth making the trip up to the Upper East Side to see the gorgeous, more European-like exhibition spaces of galleries like Skarstedt and David Zwirner. Plus, there’s the Met. 

If you get tired and need a little pick-me-up, I suggest popping into Saint Ambrous to live your best Upper East Side life. 

List of UES Galleries

You can find a Google map here of all galleries mentioned below. 

Almine Rech Gallery

Anton Kern Gallery

David Zwirner Gallery

Franklin Parrasch Gallery

Gagosian - 976 Madison Avenue

Gagosian - 980 Madison Avenue

Park & 75 (Gagosian)

Hauser & Wirth

Kurimanzutto

Lévy Gorvy 

Petzel Gallery

Simon Lee

Skarstedt - 64th St. 

Skarstedt - 79th St. 

UES Art Galleries 

Almine Rech Gallery

Address: 39 E 78th St, New York, NY 10075

Website: http://www.alminerech.com/

Instagram

Almine Rech Gallery
Almine Rech Gallery
Almine Rech Gallery

Anton Kern Gallery

Address: 16 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022

Website: https://www.antonkerngallery.com/

Instagram 

Fun fact, Anton Kern Gallery's founder is the son of famous artist, Georg Baselitz. The gallery is slightly further south than its other UES companions, but the exhibition space is extraordinary, spanning three whole floors.

Anton Kern Gallery
Anton Kern Gallery
Anton Kern Gallery
Anton Kern Gallery

David Zwirner

Address: 34 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021

Website: https://www.davidzwirner.com/

Instagram 

David Zwirner is conveniently located next door to Hauser & Wirth and Kurimanzutto. The most beautiful features of this gallery space are definitely the spiral staircase.

David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery
David Zwirner Gallery

Franklin Parrasch Gallery

Address: 53 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065

Website: http://franklinparrasch.com/

Instagram 

Franklin Parrasch Gallery
Franklin Parrasch Gallery
Franklin Parrasch Gallery

Gagosian - 976 Madison Avenue

Address: 976 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075

Website: https://gagosian.com/

Instagram 

There are almost too many gallery spaces to count in the 976 Madison Avenue gallery. The thing I love about Gagosian is he stays true to his style no matter where his gallery is. His spaces area always super simple, with the most extravagant feature being the occasional uber-shiny concrete floor.

Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian - 980 Madison Avenue

Address: 980 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10075

Website: https://gagosian.com/

Instagram 

Gagosian's 980 Madison Avenue space is located at the bottom of the 976 Madison Avenue building, with their store facing the street. If you walk through the store (have a browse while you're at it) you'll get to the gallery in the back.

Gagosian Gallery
Gagosian Gallery

Park & 75

Address: 821 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021

Website: https://gagosian.com/

Instagram 

Don't be fooled by the name. Park & 75 is still a Gagosian gallery...the only that doesn't go by Larry's name. This was done on purpose in order for the gallery to be an experimental space where Gagosian could show newer, emerging artists that aren't a part of his program (yet).

Park & 75
Park & 75
Park & 75

Hauser & Wirth

Address: 32 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021

Website: https://www.hauserwirth.com/

Instagram 

While this Hauser & Wirth location is nothing compared to their LA compound, it's still pretty great and spans three floors...so you've got lots of options.

Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Hauser & Wirth Gallery
Hauser & Wirth

Kurimanzutto

Address: 22 East 65th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10065

Website: https://www.kurimanzutto.com/

Instagram 

Lévy Gorvy 

Address: 909 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Website: https://www.levygorvy.com/

Instagram 

You may start to notice a pattern...Lévy Gorvy is also a three story gallery. The thing that I really appreciate about Lévy Gorvy is how they utilize their staircase. They decorate the entire staircase to include supportive quotes from the artists, or just context for the exhibit in general, so as you wander from floor to floor you learn something! Also looking at these pictures makes me really miss wearing heels...will that ever be a thing again? 

Lévy Gorvy Gallery
Lévy Gorvy 
Lévy Gorvy Gallery
Lévy Gorvy's staircase
Lévy Gorvy

Petzel Gallery

Address: 35 E 67th Street, new york, NY, 10065

Website: https://www.petzel.com/

Instagram 

Petzel Gallery
Petzel Gallery
Petzel Gallery
Petzel Gallery

Simon Lee Gallery

Address: 26 East 64th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10065

Website: https://www.simonleegallery.com/

Instagram

Simon Lee Gallery
Simon Lee Gallery

Skarstedt - 64th St.

Address: 19 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065

Website: https://www.skarstedt.com/

Instagram 

Like Gagosian...Skarstedt has not one, but TWO upper east side locations. Both are equally beautiful, and gigantic. I've mentioned this before but the 64th street location is, in my opinion the most beautiful gallery in New York, so if you go to one gallery in this whole list, make it this one.

Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery

Skarstedt - 79th St.

Address: 20 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

Website:  https://www.skarstedt.com/

Instagram 

Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery
Skarstedt Gallery

I hope you enjoy your time on the Upper East Side. If you didn't get to see enough art at these galleries then stop by The Met.


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