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The 100 best paintings in New York

Leading artists, gallery owners, curators and critics pick the best paintings to be seen in NYC

Artwork: Courtesy Brooklyn Museum
A Peaceable Kingdom (1833–34), Edward Hicks

We live in the art capital of the world, people. And for a lot of us, fine art means paintings—and New York has tons of ’em. To this day, the medium encompasses a lot of things: form, color, composition, technique and a tradition that in Europe and the States dates back to the Renaissance, when painting on stretched canvas—how most of us visualize them—was first introduced. And thanks to the collections at the Frick, the Guggenheim, the Met, MoMA, the Whitney and elsewhere, some of the finest examples from every period of this monumental history reside right here within our city limits. Art lovers, of course, have their favorites, but which would they definitively put on a list of the top paintings in NYC? We surveyed a distinguished group of 34 artists, critics, journalists, curators and gallery dealers—among them photographer David LaChapelle, MoMA painting and sculpture curator Laura Hoptman, Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman and Time Out New York art editor Howard Halle. Based on their nominees, we’ve crunched the numbers and come up with the top 100 paintings that are on view or in permanent collections.

Written by Jennifer Coates, Heather Corcoran, Anne Doran, Howard Halle, Merrily Kerr, Barbara Pollock, Drew Toal and Joseph Wolin.

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 100-91
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The 100 best paintings in New York: 100-91

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 90-81

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 80-71

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 70-61

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 60-51

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 50-41

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 40-31

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 30-21

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The 100 best paintings in New York: 20-11

The top 10 paintings in New York
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The top 10 paintings in New York

New York's 100 best paintings by venue

Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

The Frick Collection
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The Frick Collection

The Hispanic Society of America
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The Hispanic Society of America

The LGBT Center
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The LGBT Center

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Modern Art
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Museum of Modern Art

Neue Galerie
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Neue Galerie

New-York Historical Society
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New-York Historical Society

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Studio Museum in Harlem
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Studio Museum in Harlem

Whitney Museum of American Art
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Whitney Museum of American Art

Meet the critics

Who contributed to our best-paintings list?
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Who contributed to our best-paintings list?

The city’s top critics, gallerists, bloggers and, yes, actual artists tell us the paintings you have to see in New York

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