• Spark your creativity within the city’s booming art scene
• See everything from avant-garde pieces to multimedia installations
• Grab lunch at a nearby urban food hall hailed as a food lover’s paradise
Chelsea is now home to over 300 art galleries, concentrated between 19th and 29th Streets, from 10th to 11th Avenues. Three standouts: Gagosian Gallery, part of Larry Gagosian’s international network, displays avant-garde artists like Damien Hirst and Anselm Kiefer in a colossal 20,000-square-foot space; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, inside a soaring industrial space and known for its must-see multimedia instillations from all-star talent (filmmaker Matthew Barney; sculptor Anish Kapoor); and David Zwirner, a viral-exhibition factory known for pushing the limits—Chris Ofili’s elephant-dung collage comes to mind—is currently showing Yayoi Kusama’s show “Give Me Love,” an interactive piece that allows visitors to place neon circle stickers over a re-creation of an all-white den called the Obliteration Room. Grab lunch at Chelsea Market, a block-long warren of shops and restaurants on 9th Avenue and 16th Street (on the northern edge of the Meatpacking District).There are plenty of options to choose from but we love Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a mini offshoot of sommelier Laura Maniec’s Union Square wine bar with Italian small plates by A Voce alum Missy Robbins.
Around 23rd Street and 8th Avenue, you’ll find yourself in a sea of art galleries. Check out a wide variety of art exhibits before heading over to Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue, you can’t miss the charming neon sign against the brick facade.
GAGOSIAN GALLERY: 555 West 24th St, 212-741-1111, gagosian.com
BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY: 515 W 24th St., 212-206-9300, gladstonegallery.com
DAVID ZWIRNER: 525 W 19th St., 212-727-2070, davidzwirner.com
CORKBUZZ WINE STUDIO: Shops At Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., 646-237-4847, chelsea.corkbuzz.com