Miami will temporarily be the center of the art world during Basel next month, but New York is a nonstop art fair, with an overwhelming number of galleries displaying the work of blue chip stars and white hot emerging talent. Here are some of the best.
1 Gagosian Gallery
Satellite galleries dictate the art market in L.A., London and two others NYC spaces. But the capacious Chelsea branch sealed the neighborhood's reputation as center of the gallery universe when it opened in 2000 and went on to mount stunning monuments to Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Damien Hirst and many more.
2 Lehmann Maupin
Always a major player, Lehmann Maupin only grew in influence when it moved from Soho to a Chelsea space designed by Rem Koolhaas. It stands out for helping young artists break through while also spotlighting Ross Bleckner and other giants whose shoulders the upstarts stand on.
3 Pace Wildenstein
Shows worthy of exhibition status at smaller museums make this midtown institution a can't miss for buyers hungry for modernist masters. Pace represents 40 contemporary artists and has spotlighted the work of big guns including Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg in its I.M. Pei-designed space.
4 Richard Gray Gallery
5 Team Gallery
One of the few galleries to make the reverse commute from Chelsea to Soho, the neighborhood it supplanted as gallery heaven, this is where to seek out the cutting edge. Openings for the likes of Ryan McGinley and his subversive peers dependably turn into raucous, traffic-jamming parties.