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.

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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.

Canada

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One of the original LES galleries, Canada still keeps it real with a program that reflects a funky DIY aesthetic.

  1. 55–59 Chrystie St, (between Canal and Hester Sts)
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Ramiken Crucible

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Musician and artist Mike Egan established this small space in 2009 to showcase unrepresented artists he likes.

  1. 389 Grand St, (between Clinton and Essex Sts), 10002
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On Stellar Rays

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This gallery's rather exotic name originates from a 9th-century text by Arab philosopher Alkindus.

  1. 133 Orchard St, (between Delancey and Rivington Sts)
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Rachel Uffner

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Rachel Uffner cut her teeth working at Christies and as director for D'Amelio Terras gallery in Chelsea.

  1. 47 Orchard St, (between Grand and Hester Sts)
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Scaramouche

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This small, young gallery privileges performance, video and Conceptual work.

  1. 52 Orchard St, (between Grand and Hester Sts)
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Lisa Cooley

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Lisa Cooley's roster of artists seems to share a penchant for Conceptualist sleight-of-hand, mixed with unexpected materials.

  1. 107 Norfolk St, (between Delancey and Rivington Sts)
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Eleven Rivington

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An offshoot of 57th Street's tony Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Eleven Rivington offers an impeccable midtown atmosphere in small-storefront form.

  1. 11 Rivington St, (between Bowery and Chrystie St)
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Klaus von Nichtssagend

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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.

  1. 54 Ludlow St, (between Grand and Hester Sts), 10002
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Sperone Westwater

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Started in 1975, this old-school-as-it gets gallery is housed in a purpose-built showcase designed by starchitect Lord Norman Foster.

  1. 257 Bowery, (between E Houston and Stanton Sts)
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Eli Rath
Eli Rath

I am so inspired by the ART shown at Woodward Gallery! The owners possess great integrity, knowledge and passion in their field. Have enjoyed many top notch, quality exhibitions and have been invited to lots of special events organized by the Woodwards. When I finally acquired a work of art from Woodward Gallery, it was handled from start to finish in the most professional, direct and respectful manner. Woodward Gallery is a real gem on the LES. I can't say enough about this terrific institution.

Theodore Plum
Theodore Plum

Woodward Gallery is so impressive. Did you see the Robert Indiana exhibition up now? Woodward is a museum quality exhibitor on the LES! There is always something new and interesting going on there. The director combines emerging artists, street art and blue chip work in their group exhibitions. Fine art education is offered freely... The best!

Rachel Wonderling
Rachel Wonderling

Great experiences at the Margo Feiden Galleries in Greenwich Village, my favorite gallery. I have visited the gallery many, many times and am always thrilled by being able to see all those Al Hirschfeld works close up. I’m a great admirer of Hirschfeld’s work, and so I’ve had occasion to both send images to the gallery to get information on them, and I’ve had images sent to me at my home Upstate, and in every case I was treated well and with absolute professionalism. The staff is extremely knowledgeable—I believe the Curator, Daria, has been there more than 30 years—and everyone is helpful and polite. I’ve even gotten to speak with and see Margo Feiden in person on more than one occasion, and those conversations about Hirschfeld have been absolutely fascinating. (Also, she is a lot of fun.) This gallery is most often on my list of places to visit when I’m in New York.

RC Smith
RC Smith

Woodward Gallery is a pioneer on the LES- the director is a creative scholar. Woodward Gallery fosters a roster of talented emerging artists mixed with contemporary masters. Have had a full art education through this venue. I have been open to the art of the LES, but have found there is no real comparison to the level of quality and service offered here. A real class act.

Karli
Karli

VECTOR Gallery (between Stanton and Clinton Sts) By far the most interesting art gallery to emerge in the past several years in The Lower East Side is VECTOR Gallery, a "conceptual art destination" that explores Satan as a postmodern emblem of change via multimedia installation and performance art. Unique and constantly changing, VECTOR Gallery is a new, transformative experience for all those who enter.

Nick Shah
Nick Shah

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El
El

My favorite Art Gallery is Woodward on Eldridge Street. Never miss an exhibition/never disappointed.

Charles Brown
Charles Brown

I sent an original Hirschfeld print to the Margo Feiden gallery (15 E 9th St) for Authentication and Appraisal services per their website. 60 Days have gone by and I still have yet to receive any documentation of Authenticity or Appraised Value. They cashed my check upon receipt and have yet to provide anything for it. In Texas we call this FRAUD. Buyer Beware, steer clear of this one.