If, like me, you love wandering around art galleries and like the idea of admiring urban architecture from a park towering 30 feet above the ground, then you should definitely spend a day gallery-hopping in Chelsea and strolling around the High Line Park. This is what I did on Tuesday afternoon and it made my day!
The galleries are spread from 19th to 29th St.,between 11th and 10th Ave – many of them seem to have been converted from industrial warehouses – the rustic, unassuming buildings strangely compliment the amazing artwork hidden behind large window displays. All works are contemporary art, which I’m normally not a big fan of, but most of the exhibitions were so inspirational, creative and elegantly minimalist that I had a great time! The High Line Park, a former elevated railway built in 1930s and now a wonderfully peaceful greenway with a great view of Chelsea and the Hudson River, runs along the gallery district from Gansevoort Street up to 30th Street. I like how the flowers and greenery contrast against the metal and the buildings! The park’s a perfect place for a post-gallery stroll 😉
I started my little gallery walk on 24th St. – I got there around 4PM, two hours before the galleries were closing, so I only went as far as 29th St. 😦 (as it turned out, there are very few galleries on 27th-29th St., so you might as well skip them if you don’t have much time). I will definitely come back on Thursday, when opening hours are extended to 8PM – there’s something magical about wandering around galleries at night, when the city lights go up!
Here are photos of the artwork I found most intriguing:
Marc Jancou, 24th St.
Freight+Volume, 24th St.
Nancy Margolis, 25th St
STUX, 25th St.
BDG, 25th St.
The Flag Art Foundation, 25th St.
Cheim & Read, 25th St.
These are my favourite pieces – so creative! The portrait was made by wrapping a single thread around nails attached to a whiteboard, it must’ve taken forever to make! Dillon, 25th St.
Robert Miller Gallery, 26th St.