The Uptown art galleries clustered along Manhattan’s Upper East Side are a far cry from the huge, white-cube showrooms located in Chelsea’s art gallery district. Many of them are situated in late-19th and early 20th-century townhouses, and feature intimately proportioned spaces that create an up-close and personal relationship with the art—an experience you simply won’t find in Chelsea. But don’t expect the artwork to be stuffy: Many downtown galleries featuring the latest in contemporary art have opened Uptown locations in recent years, and it’s that mix of cutting-edge aesthetics and Gilded Age elegance that’s makes gallery-going in the neighborhood unique. If you’re searching for the places that are worth a visit, look no further than our select guide to the best Uptown Art galleries.
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