Explore Art Galleries in Hell’s Kitchen
Since the days when Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning spent long nights in conversation at the Cedar Tavern, New York City has been considered the art capital of the world. The Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN, with their central location in the heart of the city, place you just a short walk from Chelsea, where New York’s most celebrated galleries are located, and just moments from galleries that have been putting Hell’s Kitchen on the art world map.
The Fountain House Gallery on Ninth Avenue near 48th Street is a pioneer in the art world — not only geographically, but in terms of its vision. Founded in 2000, it’s a gallery where artists living with mental illness can show their work. It’s also a place that supports the creation of this work with studio space and access to art supplies. A recent show about the role mushrooms played in the development of the Earth was featured in Hyperallergic, which wrote of the show: “This exhibition, curated by artist-activist Vermilion, brings together more than 30 artists living with mental illness to explore the myriad ways in which we can learn and benefit from fungi.”
Jadite Galleries on West 50th Street features artwork by artists from around the world, and makes purchasing art for the walls in these Midtown West luxury rentals all the more convenient with their own in-house framing service.
When the big names of Chelsea beckon you, you can catch the A train or make your way down the West Side to history-making galleries like David Zwirner and Andrea Rosen. Not-to-be-missed shows on view now may require more than one visit to the neighborhood. At Gagosian on 24th Street you’ll find the seminal show of work by Helen Frankenthaler, “Drawing Within Nature: Paintings From the 1990’s.” Frankenthaler was in many ways inspired by Pollock but also represented a sharp, sensual departure from his work, as The New Yorker wrote about her in 2021: “Frankenthaler embraced color for its own sake, animating and elevating the most elemental sensations.” At Galerie Lelong, you’ll find a showing of works on paper by Nancy Spero, one of the most influential feminist artists, aptly called “Woman as Protagonist.”
The multimedia visionary Tony Oursler’s show “mAcHiNe E.L.F.” is now up at Lehmann Maupin and features body-shaped works that incorporate painting, printmaking, collage, and the moving, projected image. These are works that showcase Oursler’s playful approach to visual possibility and experiment with the future of technology in the making of fine art.
A trip to Chelsea is a great way to discover a visual culture at the cutting edge of technology and creativity, to mingle at spill-onto-the-street openings, and to make this creative hub an extension of your Hell’s Kitchen home base — and of your home at the luxury Midtown apartments at 555TEN.