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Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Ocula Conversation Thao Nguyen Phan: Dangerous Optimism Tessa Moldan, Brussels

With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Los Angeles: Shows to See Tessa Moldan, Los Angeles

Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Small Format at Pace Gallery, New York
13 February–19 March 2020 Group Exhibition Small Format Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yamini Nayar, THREE SPACES for TIME at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
13 February–28 March 2020 Yamini Nayar THREE SPACES for TIME Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Cave Continuum at Timothy Taylor, New York
7 February–14 March 2020 Daniel Crews-Chubb Cave Continuum Timothy Taylor, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mathias Poledna, Indifference at Galerie Buchholz, New York
6–29 February 2020 Mathias Poledna Indifference Galerie Buchholz, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Charrière, Towards No Earthly Pole at Sean Kelly, New York
31 January–21 March 2020 Julian Charrière Towards No Earthly Pole Sean Kelly, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Nigel Cooke, New Paintings at Pace Gallery, New York
31 January–29 February 2020 Nigel Cooke New Paintings Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, John Miller, The Collapse of Neoliberalism at Metro Pictures, New York
30 January–14 March 2020 John Miller The Collapse of Neoliberalism Metro Pictures, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jack Whitten, Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. at Hauser & Wirth, New York
28 January–4 April 2020 Jack Whitten Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Krzysztof Wodiczko, A House Divided... at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
25 January–7 March 2020 Krzysztof Wodiczko A House Divided... Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Doug Wheeler, Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner, New York
24 January–21 March 2020 Doug Wheeler David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Billy Childish, remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things at Lehmann Maupin, New York
23 January–22 February 2020 Billy Childish remember all the / high and exalted things / remember all the low / and broken things Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Force Majeure at Eli Klein Gallery, New York
18 January–18 March 2020 Group Exhibition Force Majeure Eli Klein Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Roy Colmer, Doors at Lisson Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Roy Colmer Doors Lisson Gallery, West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yun Hyong-keun, Yun Hyong-keun at David Zwirner, New York
17 January–7 March 2020 Yun Hyong-keun David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lucas Samaras, Me, Myself and... at Pace Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Lucas Samaras Me, Myself and... Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Irwin, Unlights at Pace Gallery, New York
17 January–22 February 2020 Robert Irwin Unlights Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lynda Benglis, Hills and Clouds at Pace Gallery, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Lynda Benglis Hills and Clouds Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Erwin Wurm, Yes Biological at Lehmann Maupin, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Erwin Wurm Yes Biological Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Noah Davis, Noah Davis at David Zwirner, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Noah Davis David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Stan Douglas, Doppelgänger at David Zwirner, New York
16 January–22 February 2020 Stan Douglas Doppelgänger David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, João Penalva, João Penalva at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
15 January–29 February 2020 João Penalva Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Vaughn Spann, The Heat Lets us Know We're Alive at Almine Rech, New York
15 January–22 February 2020 Vaughn Spann The Heat Lets us Know We're Alive Almine Rech, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Dana Lixenberg, American Images at GRIMM, New York
12 January–29 February 2020 Dana Lixenberg American Images GRIMM, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kim Gordon, The Bonfire at 303 Gallery, New York
10 January–22 February 2020 Kim Gordon The Bonfire 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Louis Draper, LOUIS DRAPER | TRUE GRACE at Bruce Silverstein, New York
9 January–22 February 2020 Louis Draper LOUIS DRAPER | TRUE GRACE Bruce Silverstein, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Honor of the New MoMA at Cheim & Read, New York
21 November 2019–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition In Honor of the New MoMA Cheim & Read, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Yto Barrada, Paste Papers at Pace Gallery, New York
14 September 2019–20 March 2020 Yto Barrada Paste Papers Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Seung-Jio, Nucleus at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
20 February–4 April 2020 Lee Seung-Jio Nucleus Tina Kim Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Rita Ackermann, Mama ’19 at Hauser & Wirth, New York
20 February–11 April 2020 Rita Ackermann Mama ’19 Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Larry Bell, Still Standing at Hauser & Wirth, New York
20 February–11 April 2020 Larry Bell Still Standing Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, April Gornik, April Gornik at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
20 February–28 March 2020 April Gornik Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Roy Dowell, Roy Dowell at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York
20 February–28 March 2020 Roy Dowell Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Allison Schulnik, Hatch at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
20 February–21 March 2020 Allison Schulnik Hatch P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Bharti Kher, The Unexpected Freedom of Chaos at Perrotin, New York
22 February–11 April 2020 Bharti Kher The Unexpected Freedom of Chaos Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Rhythm at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
27 February–28 March 2020 Group Exhibition Surface Rhythm Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jane Bustin, The Colour of Words at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
27 February–4 April 2020 Jane Bustin The Colour of Words Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Christopher Williams, Footwear (Adapted for Use) at David Zwirner, New York
27 February–18 April 2020 Christopher Williams Footwear (Adapted for Use) David Zwirner, 69th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jutta Koether, 4 the Team at Lévy Gorvy, New York
27 February–18 April 2020 Jutta Koether 4 the Team Lévy Gorvy, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Paul Graham, The Seasons at Pace Gallery, New York
28 February–11 April 2020 Paul Graham The Seasons Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Arlene Shechet, Skirts at Pace Gallery, New York
28 February–25 April 2020 Arlene Shechet Skirts Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Archaeologies of the Selfie at Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
28 February–18 April 2020 Group Exhibition Archaeologies of the Selfie Galeria Nara Roesler, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Gerhard Richter, Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
28 February–25 April 2020 Gerhard Richter Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael E. Smith, Michael E. Smith at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
29 February–28 March 2020 Michael E. Smith Andrew Kreps Gallery, 22 Cortlandt Alley
Contemporary art exhibition, Kevin Jerome Everson, Westinghouse at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
29 February–11 April 2020 Kevin Jerome Everson Westinghouse Andrew Kreps Gallery, 55 Walker Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Joanna Pousette-Dart at Lisson Gallery, New York
29 February–18 April 2020 Joanna Pousette-Dart Lisson Gallery, 10th Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Nick Mauss, Nick Mauss at 303 Gallery, New York
1 March–30 April 2020 Nick Mauss 303 Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mimi Lauter, Symphony No. 1 at Blum & Poe, New York
3 March–18 April 2020 Mimi Lauter Symphony No. 1 Blum & Poe, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Guo Hongwei, Pareidolia 幻想性错视 at Chambers Fine Art, New York
3 March–4 April 2020 Guo Hongwei Pareidolia 幻想性错视 Chambers Fine Art, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Mira Dancy, France-Lise McGurn & Clare Woods at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
4 March–25 April 2020 Group Exhibition Mira Dancy, France-Lise McGurn & Clare Woods Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Mamma Andersson, The Lost Paradise at David Zwirner, New York
4 March–11 April 2020 Mamma Andersson The Lost Paradise David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Al Taylor, Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works at David Zwirner, New York
5 March–18 April 2020 Al Taylor Al Taylor: A / LOW / HA, The Hawaiian Works David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Lari Pittman, Found Buried at Lehmann Maupin, New York
5 March–25 April 2020 Lari Pittman Found Buried Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Schnabel, Recent Paintings at Pace Gallery, New York
6 March–18 April 2020 Julian Schnabel Recent Paintings Pace Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Alex Dordoy, Ruin is Rune at GRIMM, New York
6 March–25 April 2020 Alex Dordoy Ruin is Rune GRIMM, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Louise Giovanelli, Aerial Silk at GRIMM, New York
6 March–25 April 2020 Louise Giovanelli Aerial Silk GRIMM, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Kate Shepherd, Surveillance at Galerie Lelong & Co. New York, New York
12 March–18 April 2020 Kate Shepherd Surveillance Galerie Lelong & Co. New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Elijah Burgher, Polyphemus Weeps at P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
28 March–25 April 2020 Elijah Burgher Polyphemus Weeps P·P·O·W Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Donald Judd, Artworks 1970–1994 at David Zwirner, New York
18 April–26 June 2020 Donald Judd Artworks 1970–1994 David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Johan Creten, Johan Creten at Perrotin, New York
23 April–27 June 2020 Johan Creten Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Julio Le Parc, Julio Le Parc at Perrotin, New York
23 April–27 June 2020 Julio Le Parc Perrotin, New York

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Created in the 1980s, the work has been resurrected for a showcase entitled Brutal Truths .

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Mohammad Salemy, New York

In the early decades of its existence, New York 's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Ocula Conversation Kim Tschang-Yeul: Art Without Ego Vivian Chui, New York

Kim Tschang-Yeul turns 90 this December, following an illustrious career that played a crucial role in bringing post-war Korean painting into the modern and contemporary art canon. Long celebrated for pensive depictions of water drops, the esteemed artist uses dual languages of abstraction and hyperrealism to articulate the psychological traumas...

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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Emma-Kate Wilson, Melbourne

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson 's artworks. Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The...

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RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Ocula Conversation RoseLee Goldberg: Performance Then and Now Fawz Kabra

RoseLee Goldberg had long been invested in contemporary performance art before her founding of the inter-disciplinary arts organisation Performa in New York in 2004. Born in Durban, South Africa, Goldberg studied political science and fine arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and then art history at the Courtauld...

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Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Ocula Insight Madhvi Parekh Defies Categorisation in New York Retrospective Sherry Paik, New York

According to Kishore Singh, the curator of The Curious Seeker at DAG New York (13 September–27 October 2019), the artist Madhvi Parekh 'defies categorisation'. Parekh's oeuvre—from drawings and paintings to serigraphs and reverse paintings—fluidly draws from multiple sources, including European modernist works, Indian folk art,...

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Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Ocula Insight Roy DeCarava in New York: A Jazz Photographer in Subject and Technique Michael Irwin, New York

Harlem-born photographer Roy DeCarava, a jazz artist both in subject and technique, is the focus of two concurrent exhibitions at David Zwirner's New York spaces, the gallery's first showing of DeCarava's work since announcing exclusive representation of his estate. Light Break and the sound i saw (5 September–26 October 2019), are...

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Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity Ocula Report Whitney Biennial 2019: Between Resistance and Complicity Banyi Huang, New York

The longest-running survey of American art, the 79th instalment of the Whitney Biennial (17 May–22 September 2019) is driven by a collective sentiment of sociopolitical consciousness. Curated by Whitney staff curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, the exhibition draws on the work of 75 artists and collectives working in the United States. On...

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An Artist’s Radiographic Photos Cast New Light on Chernobyl Related Press An Artist’s Radiographic Photos Cast New Light on Chernobyl 25 November 2019, Hyperallergic

Anyone willing to view Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl on its own terms, to see radiography as both a practical tool and a potential art form, will be richly rewarded.

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An Art Show for Food Lovers Related Press An Art Show for Food Lovers 18 November 2019, The New York Times

Artists have illustrated food and drink throughout the ages. An exhibition, What’s for Dinner? A Brief History of Food in Art, surveys 20 th -century interpretations by more than 30 artists. It includes works by Édouard Vuillard, Georges Braque, Kazimir Malevich, Arman, Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson and Anh Duong.

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Ron Gorchov: At the Cusp of the 80s, Paintings 1979–1983 Related Press Ron Gorchov: At the Cusp of the 80s, Paintings 1979–1983 1 November 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

Eight of Ron Gorchov’s classic paintings on shields, executed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, are currently on view in the new uptown gallery of Cheim & Read. Two of them arch out vertically, while the others are horizontally oriented. None, needless to say, are either rectangular or flat. Like Gorchov, the European old masters painted on...

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LOOSE CANON Related Press LOOSE CANON 21 October 2019, ARTFORUM

IN JUNE, NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WENT DARK to put the finishing touches on its contentious five-year expansion, which promised to put $450 million and 47,000 square feet of Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture toward fostering a 'deeper experience of art' across boundaries of media, geography, and identity. Today, MoMA emerges from its...

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New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection Related Press New York's MoMA unveils $450m expansion and 'remix' of collection 10 October 2019, The Guardian

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveiled its new $450m expansion on Thursday in a revamp of the gallery – including a radical "remix" of its permanent collection, which will see famous works exhibited alongside those of lesser-known artists. The popular Manhattan museum, which attracts 3 million visitors a year, has been closed...

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Sarah Sze’s Gleaming, Ephemeral Universe Related Press Sarah Sze’s Gleaming, Ephemeral Universe 5 October 2019, Hyperallergic

The internet's utopian promise in the 1990s may have been to make the world more interconnected, but its current state has exposed the fraying that accompanies every connection. The same might be said about production and consumption, which, far from creating an efficient feedback loop, have spewed their hazardous byproducts far into the air and...

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This new exhibition reframes the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta Related Press This new exhibition reframes the legacy of artist Ana Mendieta 4 October 2019, Dazed

Galerie Lelong, which manages Mendieta’s estate, is casting a light on a body of work that was believed to be lost and destroyed. Opening October 17 in New York, La Tierra Habla (The Earth Speaks) is the first exhibition and catalogue dedicated to a series of sculptures Mendieta produced in Cuba in 1981. Being uprooted from her Cuban homeland as...

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Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial Related Press Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial 3 October 2019, Hyperallergic

J. Marion Sims, sometimes referred to as the 'father of modern gynecology,' was a 19th-century doctor who conducted brutal, nonconsensual experimental surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia. A monument for the surgeon stood in Central Park for 80 years, across the New York Academy of Medicine on 103rd Street, until it was...

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The exact date that New York became the perceived centre of the Western art world is debatable. Some say it was in the early 1940s—during World War II—when a number of European artists immigrated to the United States. Others argue that it was not until Abstract Expressionism was established later that decade. Regardless, over 70 years after Willem de Kooning had his first solo gallery exhibition at Charles Egan Gallery on 57th Street in 1948, New York remains an art world powerhouse.

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One reason for New York's significance is the city's many well-endowed cultural institutions. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870, houses a behemoth collection that encompasses over two million works of art made over a period of 5,000 years. Devoted to the evolving story of contemporary art around the world, The Museum of Modern Art holds 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance art works, architectural models and drawings, designed objects, and films.

Other notable institutions dedicated to modern and contemporary art include the famed Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. MoMA PS1—an offshoot of the stalwart Museum of Modern Art—has been one of the largest American non-profit art institutions since its establishment in 1971, while The Met Breuer—the recently opened annex to The Metropolitan Museum of Art—provides ample opportunity to encounter 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces on Madison Avenue.

The concentration of galleries in New York is perhaps most important to its status in the art world. In total, the city is estimated to contain close to 1,500 galleries. These galleries range from blue chip institutions to non-profit art spaces and artist-run initiatives. While these spaces are spread out across the city's five boroughs, many of them can be found in the following six neighbourhoods: Chelsea, the Lower East Side, Soho, 57th Street, Williamsburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint, and Dumbo.

Chelsea—a former industrial neighbourhood ripe with wide-open warehouse spaces along the far west side of Manhattan between 14th and 34th Streets—is home to mega-galleries Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Pace, Anton Kern, Gladstone, Marianne Boesky, and Lehmann Maupin, among many, many others. DIA Chelsea—the New York branch of the DIA Foundation—is one of the notable non-profit spaces in the area.

The Lower East Side is often cited as home to the more avantgarde or experimental spaces. These include Bodega, Chapter NY, CANADA, JTT, 47 Canal, Invisible Exports, Zach Feuer Gallery, 33 Orchard, Foxy Productions, and Sargent's Daughters. More traditional contemporary art galleries—such as Sperone Westwater and Lehmann Maupin—also have strong presences in the neighbourhood. Extending from Chinatown to Houston Street, the art scene centres around Manhattan's only museum devoted to contemporary art: the New Museum on the Bowery. Recently opened spaces in the area include the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, located in a century-old building previously designed for Consolidated Edison and later used as the home and studio of Walter De Maria until his death in 2013.

Adjacent to the Lower East Side is the gallery district of Soho, once the thriving center of the avantgarde. Though not the epicentre it once was, significant current residents include the Drawing Center, Team Gallery, Jeffery Deitch, and Walter De Maria's Earth Room.

57th street and the Upper East Side have similarly ceded dominion over the art world, but continue to house internationally renowned galleries. These are Pace, Gagosian, and Salon 94, among others, as well as standalone institutions such as Craig F Starr, Acquavella Galleries, Half Gallery, and Venus Over Manhattan.

The six neighbourhoods listed above are also home to the city's auction houses, with Christie's located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Sotheby's at 72nd street and York Avenue, and Phillips on Park Avenue.

If you really want to see where the cool kids hang, visit the sprawling neighbourhood of Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick, which in recent years has become the centre of the art, music, and food scenes in New York. Notable galleries include Front Room, Sideshow, Soloway Fine Art, and Figureworks. Dumbo—another neighbourhood in Brooklyn—holds more studio spaces than it does galleries, but it is worth visiting the art spaces—among them Art in General and AIR—if only for views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges just down the street.

Further into the borough, the evolving Brooklyn Museum has been making a splash in the art world since 1999, when then-mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the institution for its exhibition Sensation. It had included Chris Ofili's now-iconic The Holy Virgin Mary (1996), a work that depicted the Madonna as a black woman made of elephant dung. New York, as residents know, has never been afraid to confront the powers-that-be with revolutionary culture, and that remains true today, even in an increasingly safe and wealthy metropolis.

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