Jeffrey Deitch is an art-world impresario and former Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary known for his love of Street Art. Prior to his sojourn in LA, he was a dealer whose gallery, Deitch Projects, was known for promoting pop-culture-inspired work. After a stormy tenure at LA MoCA, Deitch returned to New York to work primarily as an art consultant, private dealer and independent curator. He reopened the old Deitch Projects space in Soho to accommodate occasional exhibits.
By now, almost everyone knows that Manhattan’s gallery scene covers Chelsea, the Lower East Side and the Upper East. Less familiar is the fact that there are also galleries in Soho, Tribeca and the West Village. Indeed, Soho was once the epicenter of the New York art world until the 1990s brought a mass migration of spaces over to the Far West Side. Tribeca, meanwhile, has been luring more and more galleries with the promise of cheaper rents than Chelsea and more square footage than that available on the Lower East Side. And the West Village, of course, is NYC’s oldest bohemian enclave, with a history as an artist haven going back to the early 20th century if not before. The galleries in all of these neighborhoods are worth a visit, so if you’re looking for the ones you shouldn’t miss, here’s our guide to best galleries in Soho, Tribeca and the West Village.
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