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Enter an Art Lover’s Paradise in Chelsea

Your guide to the Chelsea Art District.

Harmony Korine, “Blockbuster” Installation Views, 2018. Artwork © Harmony Korine / Photo by Rob McKeever/Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

With more than 200 galleries dispersed throughout Chelsea, you’ll need more than a single day to view them all. But if you only have a couple of hours, here’s where we suggest you get started.

DRINK: Coffee at Citizens of Chelsea

You’ve got a long, painting- and sculpture-filled day ahead of you, so you’ll need a culinary warm-up fit for the occasion. Color bursts from the Australian café’s signature Super Fun Happy Bowls, and your Instagram will thank you for the perfectly poured design atop your foamy cappuccino. 401 West 25th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues)

TOUR: These Influential Galleries…

Paul Kasmin Gallery
Name any of the 20th century’s most important artists, and you can bet their work has passed through the doors of this ever-evolving gallery that specializes in modern art. 509 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

In 1985, Larry Gagosian opened his second gallery in Chelsea, premiering a Pop Art exhibition by acclaimed collectors Emily and Burton Tremaine. Several years and 16 galleries later, Gagosian is world-renowned for its contemporary installations. 522 West 21st Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Western and non-Western cultures collide in a gallery that shows beyond the visual arts, extending into poetry, performance, music, and literature. 547 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

Friedman Benda
For a closer look at what emerging designers are up these days, don’t bypass one of NYC’s finest galleries. A large collection of works from established artists—those who have changed the game in the design and craft markets—are also on view. 515 West 26th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

EAT: Endless Options at Chelsea Market

Enjoy a quick lunch at one of the city’s most epic food halls. There’s a food vendor here for every taste, but we highly recommend the hand-pulled noodles with cumin lamb at Very Fresh Noodles75 Ninth Avenue (between West 15th and 16th Streets)

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