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Must-See Chelsea

by Mike Errico, 12/29/2010

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  • Chelsea Art Scene
    Along the western edge of Chelsea, from Tenth Avenue to the Hudson River, a cluster of hulking industrial lofts and converted brownstones houses an epicenter of the New York City gallery scene. You can spend all day wandering into open doors and witnessing the latest work from the biggest names in art—for free. Gagosian Gallery on West 21st Street hosts shows ranging from present-day luminaries like John Currin to legends like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso; Luhring Augustine,  on West 24th Street, features a wide array of sculpture, video and photography; Mary Boone Gallery, whose owner has artists like James Lee Byars and Mel Kendrick, is steps away; and the formidable Pace Gallery, which focuses on contemporary and modern art, sits just a block north, on West 25th. For the uninitiated who want to see the greatest hits, companies like New York Gallery Tours offer private and group packages, and for art lovers craving a behind-the-scenes look, there are consultancies like Pettit Art Partners that can usher you into back rooms to take a closer look at the price tags.

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