The arts scene in New York is second to none. A hub for fashion and theater, the city is also home to world class visual art. Housing over 1,500 galleries, there’s no shortage of places to see, and these are the hottest art galleries in Lower Manhattan right now.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts – SoHo
A SoHo staple since 1982, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts is the cutting edge source for all things contemporary art. Whether drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints or performances are what you’re looking for, this gallery has it all. Operating from a white pillar-filled loft space on Mercer Street, expect to see a host of big names on exhibit—and when you’re finished you’ll find plenty of big-name shopping just a few steps away.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. 31 Mercer St, New York, NY. (212) 226-3232
Rachel Uffner Gallery – Lower East Side
Over the past several years lower rents have transplanted many galleries with Chelsea roots to new surroundings in the Lower East Side. Rachel Uffner made the move back in 2008 when she left the Chelsea scene to start her own gallery. Characterized by colorful abstract sculptures and paintings, the gallery and its soaring skylights make for one of the most pleasant viewing experiences you’ll find anywhere.
Rachel Uffner Gallery. 170 Suffolk St, New York, NY. (212) 274-0064
Postmasters Gallery – Tribeca
Just a five-minute walk from the Duane Street Hotel lies one of New York’s premier contemporary art galleries. Postmasters has been in business for over 30 years and consistently displays works influenced by the latest developments in social, political and pop culture. The current exhibit includes an intriguing foray into the 2016 United States presidential election by artist William Powhida you don’t want to miss.
Postmasters Gallery. 54 Franklin St, New York, NY. (212) 727-3323
Greene Naftali Gallery – Chelsea
While rising rents have pushed some tenants elsewhere, Chelsea remains Manhattan’s preeminent gallery haven. Tucked in the old warehouses and industrial buildings between 10th and 11th avenues, hundreds of the city’s best galleries await your arrival. Before you look too far, stop by Greene Naftali on West 26th Street. Take the elevator to the 8th floor, where thought-provoking conceptual art exhibits and one of the best views of Midtown Manhattan you’ll find will satisfy your artsy side.
Greene Naftali Gallery. 508 W 26th St, New York, NY. (212) 463-7770
Wild Project – East Village
Half visual art gallery, half performing arts venue, Wild Project is as unique as the Alphabet City neighborhood it occupies. The intimate art hall features a diverse rotation of paintings and prints from artists who find inspiration in urbanism. The stage hosts an eclectic mix of musicals along with short, full-length and children’s plays.
Wild Project. 195 E 3rd St, New York, NY. (212) 228-1195