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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 your energy. The café’s signature Super Fun Happy Bowls—filled with either muesli, acai, granola, or porridge, plus tons of healthy toppings—are colorful and, yes, super fun! Wash it down with a “wellness” latte infused with turmeric, ginger, or lemon grass. 401 West 25th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues)

Photo courtesy of Citizens of Chelsea

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. We stop by here whenever we’re in the neighborhood! 509 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

Gagosian
In 1985, Larry Gagosian premiered the impressive Pop Art works—think: Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko—of acclaimed collectors Emily and Burton Tremaine… and the rest is history. If the artists on display here aren’t already household names, they will be very soon; we love catching on to new work before the rest of the world. 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. There’s always something exciting and different happening here. 547 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)

Friedman Benda
If you’re interested at all in sculpture, and the sculptural art of our everyday lives, you can’t miss a stop here. 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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