There was a time when Tribeca, SoHo, and Greenwich Village was the hub of modern art in New York and an invisible border separated them from Uptown galleries that catered to more academic tastes in modern art—and wallets—that desired works by Modigliani and Picasso, et. al. The unknown aspiring artists found a home, camaraderie, and understand among soulmates Downtown—and this encompassed all the arts—writers, poets, musicians, actors, think Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. Today Lower Manhattan remains the hub of modern art where there are many great galleries that celebrate emerging artists, in every media. Here’s three you’ll want to visit.
470 Broome Street, New York
Since its foundation in 1997 by Cathia Klimovsky, EDEN GALLERY has evolved into a global network of high-end art galleries representing a selection of international artists, each with a uniquely modern approach to creation. Collectively, Eden artists represent and promote contemporary optimism and a colorful view of life, among them Alec Monopoly, Angelo Accardi, Gal Yosef, David Kracov, Eduardo Kobra and Dorit Levinstein. With premiere gallery spaces, including locations in New York, London, Miami, Mykonos, and soon Dubai, the Eden Gallery Group operates at the forefront of modern, vibrant culture with an ethos of commitment to their community of artists, curators, and supporters, and to the highest standards of curatorial excellence.
Image courtesy of Jeffery Deitch Gallery
76 Grand Street, New York
Jeffrey Deitch has enjoyed a 50-year career as an artist, writer, curator, dealer and advisor since he opened his first gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1972. The day after he graduated from Wesleyan University in June 1974, he drove to SoHo hopeful of employment in a gallery, and by pure luck, walked into the John Weber Gallery, who represented some of the great modern artists of the day, such as Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Robert Ryman, Hans Haacke and leading Arte Povera artists Alighiero Boetti and Mario Merz. Two years later, he decided to enroll at Harvard Business School and after receiving his MBA, returned to New York in 1979 to continue his amazing journey. Deitch’s energy, passion, and keen eye are reflected in the amazing works he offers at his eponymous galleries in SoHo and in L.A.
Image courtesy of Lik Fine Art SoHo
LIK FINE ART SoHo
419 West Broadway, New York
Master Photographer Peter Lik has spent over 35 years pushing the boundaries of fine art. A self-taught pioneer in the field of landscape photography, he has become synonymous with pristine images of cascading waterfalls, ethereal mountain peaks and peaceful desert canyons. His defining moment came in 1984, when the Melbourne, Australia native visited the United States and discovered the panoramic camera format. Since then, he has traveled between his homeland and the U.S., establishing his unparalleled position in the world of fine art photography while constantly honing his craft. Lik has galleries in Aspen, Australian, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Key West, Lahaina in Hawaii, La Jolla, California and in SoHo.