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The Mountain (1936–37), Balthus
Photograph: Alfonso Vicente / Alamy

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

By Howard Halle
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New York City has some of the best art in the world—and some of the strongest opinions. So to calculate our list of the 100 best paintings in New York, we asked heavyweight artists like David LaChapelle and curators like MoMA’s Laura Hoptman to send us their absolute favorite brushstrokes in town. See the full list of all the contributors below.

The critics

Augusto Arbizo, artist and gallery director at Eleven Rivington

Lisa Beck, painter and sculptor

Noah Becker, painter and editor- in-chief of Whitehot Magazine

Dike Blair, painter and sculptor

Robin Cembalest, journalist and former executive editor of ARTnews

Jill Conner, art critic and curator

Tony Feher, sculptor

Raymond Foye, art writer

Natalie Frank, painter

Benjamin Genocchio, editor-in-chief of Artnet News

Jay Gorney, art dealer

Howard Halle, art editor at Time Out New York

Julie Heffernan, painter

Daniel Hesidence, painter

Matthew Higgs, conceptual artist and director at White Columns

Laura Hoptman, Painting & Sculpture curator at the Museum of Modern Art

Paddy Johnson, founder and editor of Art Fag City

David LaChapelle, photographer and film director

Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum

Andrew Masullo, painter

Carlo McCormick, cultural critic and curator

Bob Nickas, writer and curator

Walter Robinson, painter and art critic

Andrew Russeth, co–executive editor of ARTnews

Jenny Schlenzka, associate curator at MoMA PS1

Daniel Simmons, painter and author

Lisa Small, curator of exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum

Robert Storr, curator, critic, painter and academic

Eugenie Tsai, curator of contemporary art at Brooklyn Museum

Christian Viveros-Fauné, art critic and curator

Lilly Wei, art critic and curator

B. Wurtz, mixed-media artist

Linda Yablonsky, art journalist

John Zinsser, painter
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