Established and emerging artists fill the walls and floor space at this contemporary Chelsea gallery, which was founded in 2007 by Marc Benda and Barry Friedman—two gallerists known for pushing the visual envelope.
One of the original denizens of the Chelsea art district, this gallery was founded in 1996 to showcase work that is edgy and boundary-pushing without being alienating—like Zak Smith’s comics-influenced line of drawings, Max Toth’s etching-like paintings and Natalie Frank’s hallucinatory, evocative portraits.
Stark, sprawling and ultra-modern, this esteemed gallery keep the floors (gray concrete) and walls (exposed brick) simple, so that art lovers can concentrate on its extremely impressive collection of works, including pieces by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Enzo Cucchi, Keith Haring, David LaChapelle, Pablo Picasso, Edward Ruscha, Andy Warhol and more.
Representing some of the hottest young international artists around, Friedrich Petzel Gallery specializes in work that walks the edge while still maintaining a sense of humor—like Jon Pylypchuk’s sinister, larger-than-life, cartoon-style sculptures; Nicola Tyson’s bright, figurative acrylic paintings; Joyce Pensato’s eerie, Disney-inspired paintings and drawings, and much more.
Although it was founded in Boston in 1960, The Pace Gallery moved to New York in 1963, and today, the Pace family includes four galleries in New York and also Pace Beijing, a whopping 25,000 square-foot gallery space in China.
This large Chelsea studio and event space (former location of the MTV Video Music Awards after-party) also hosts an art gallery specializing in the work of photographers who document celebrity, fashion and pop culture.
Art-world stalwart Kelly got his start in Britain before moving across the Atlantic in the early ’90s, founding his eponymous gallery in 1995—starting out in SoHo and then moving to Chelsea and finally to its current location in Midtown.