Best art galleries on the Lower East Side
At these art galleries on the Lower East Side, you'll find big names alongside up-and-coming talent.
In the past few years, the Lower East Side has seen a steady migration of art galleries, and the area's growth has accelerated. Lower rents than Chelsea have allowed young dealers to open shop, bringing a whole new generation of artists to public attention. Here are ten of the best venues; click through to see what they're showing.
One of the original LES galleries, Canada still keeps it real with a program that reflects a funky DIY aesthetic.
- 55–59 Chrystie St, (between Canal and Hester Sts)
Musician and artist Mike Egan established this small space in 2009 to showcase unrepresented artists he likes.
- 389 Grand St, (between Clinton and Essex Sts), 10002
This gallery's rather exotic name originates from a 9th-century text by Arab philosopher Alkindus.
- 133 Orchard St, (between Delancey and Rivington Sts)
Rachel Uffner cut her teeth working at Christies and as director for D'Amelio Terras gallery in Chelsea.
- 47 Orchard St, (between Grand and Hester Sts)
This small, young gallery privileges performance, video and Conceptual work.
- 52 Orchard St, (between Grand and Hester Sts)
Lisa Cooley's roster of artists seems to share a penchant for Conceptualist sleight-of-hand, mixed with unexpected materials.
- 107 Norfolk St, (between Delancey and Rivington Sts)
Sue Scott stocks her gallery with a lineup of artists that tips predominantly, though not entirely, toward painters.
- 1 Rivington St, (at Bowery)
An offshoot of 57th Street's tony Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Eleven Rivington offers an impeccable midtown atmosphere in small-storefront form.
- 11 Rivington St, (between Bowery and Chrystie St)
This space with a made-up name was opened by Rob Hult and Ingrid Bromberg Kennedy in 2004 and moved to the Lower East Side in 2011.
- 54 Ludlow St, (between Grand and Hester Sts), 10002