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Away from the Easel Jackson Pollock Mural at the Guggenheim
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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more

By Shaye Weaver

With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

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The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

A New Look at Old Masters at The Met Museum
A New Look at Old Masters at The Met Museum
Photograph: Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1. The Met Museum's reopened two dozen Old Masters galleries

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On December 12, the Met opened about two dozen galleries dedicated to old master paintings (like Caravaggio, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Antoine Houdon, Jan van Eyck) with new skylights—marking the half-way point of a four-year construction project to reintroduce all 45 galleries for European Paintings, 1250–1800. This is the first time visitors to the museum can see the 21 renovated galleries and more than 500 works that are now enhanced by the natural light from the new skylights, according to the Met. This project began in April 2018 and the first phase 27 galleries on the second floor were closed. The second phase, replacing the roof and skylights over the remaining adjacent suite of galleries, will finish up in spring 2022.


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