Accompanied by a seasoned professional in this area (either an artist, or a critic, and usually both), during this three-hour walking tour you will explore the tremendously diverse art scene in Chelsea, which is home to a number of blue chip titans like Mary Boone and Matthew Marks as well as to promising younger gallery owners like Zach Feuer and Oliver Kamm.
Available in private and small group (max 6 people) tour options, choose what suits you best and discover Chelsea’s vibrant art scene.
Make your way to the 10th Avenue Cookshop where you will be met by a seasoned professional in this area (either an artist, or a critic, and usually both).
There is no charge to enter any of the galleries visited. You will visit between 3-5 based on the groups interest.
The walking tour begins with your tour guide discussing the neighborhood itself, which covers the area from 13th to 29th street and between 7th and 11th avenues. Long the home of industrial commerce, including taxi depots and autobody shops, Chelsea first rose to art world prominence in the late nineties when there was a mass exodus of galleries from city's previous art hotspot, SoHo. The area was colonized by market savvy gallerists interested in its preponderance of large, commercially ready spaces, and thus offers a unique example of a commercially engineered scene.
Look at the economics behind its rise and the effect of that on the art world in general. Then jump into the art itself, picking your way from gallery to gallery, guided in part by what's currently on show, but mostly by your tour guide's strong knowledge of the galleries and their strengths (and weaknesses).
Your walk will allow for a broad overview of the galleries, including visits to pioneers like Metro Pictures and Paula Cooper, as well as to some galleries on the fringe of Chelsea where a string of young dealers have set up exciting programs.
The exact course of your walk varies day to day but promises to give a full overview of the New York art world today for neophyte and collector alike.
The tour ends in Chelsea.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with your tour guide, please call the local activity operator so that the message can be relayed to the tour guide.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details