The SoHo Gallery Scene
Though many of SoHo’s art galleries have been replaced with shops during the past two decades, the neighborhood still has plenty to peruse, from multimedia installations to Photorealism masterworks, from graffiti art to rock-and-roll photography.
15 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
Figurative and abstract artists from the 20th and 21st centuries—emerging, midlevel, and posthumous—are the focus of Anita Rogers Gallery. “When Love Comes to Town,” an exhibit of recent drawings and paintings by abstract artist George Negroponte, runs through April 27. Beginning June 19 is a selection of films by artist/director James Scott, whose “A Shocking Accident” won the 1982 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film; works and recorded readings by David Hockney will complement the films. Solo shows featuring Morgan O’Hara, Robert Szot, and William Scott are also scheduled for later in 2019.
166 Mercer Street (between Prince and Houston Streets), #3D
Dranoff Fine Art has been buying and selling art from the latter half of the 20th century since 1986, and it offers works from the 21st century as well. Drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures by Anish Kapoor, Willem de Kooning, Claes Oldenburg, and Gerhard Richter are among the gallery’s recent acquisitions, though by the time you read this they may well have been sold and replaced with other, equally blue-chip works.
470 Broome Street (at Greene Street), Fourth Floor
Works by Eden’s roster of more than two dozen artists are on display at its more than 25,000-square-foot SoHo gallery. (Eden also has galleries at Madison Avenue and 50th Street and in Miami, London, and Mykonos, Greece.) At any given time you might see works by photographer Hervé Lewis, multimedia artists F&G, who take inspiration from cartoon characters, and graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, whose nom de guerre comes from the Monopoly character Mr. Moneybags, who frequently appears in this paintings.
166 Mercer Street (between Prince and Houston Streets), #3C
Located in the same building as Dranoff Fine Art, June Kelly Gallery is nearly as venerable, having been founded in 1987. Through April 16, the gallery will display sculptures, lithographs, and other works by Elizabeth Catlett, many of which speak to her experiences as an African American woman. A show of Sarah Plimpton’s latest abstract paintings is scheduled to begin April 18. Among the roughly 50 other artists represented by the gallery are multimedia abstractionist Bruce Dorfman; Su-Long Hung, who draws upon the landscape and culture of his native Taiwan for his woodcuts and drawings; poet and painter Derek Walcott; and metal artist Rebecca Weiz.
141 Prince Street (at Broadway)
Photorealism is a specialty of this 20,000-square-foot gallery; in fact, Meisel is credited with creating the word in 1969. Alongside Photorealists such as Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Yigal Ozeri, and Raphaella Spence, the gallery represents a select group of sculptors, realists, Abstract Expressionists, and photographer Jock Sturges. Upcoming exhibits include “Public Information” by Mike Bayne (April 3-27) and “Skin and Soul” by Bernardo Torrens (April 30-June 8).
457 West Broadway (between Prince and Houston Streets)
Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, LACMA and MOMA in Los Angeles, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Tate Liverpool, and the Whitney are among the museums that have borrowed or purchased works from Martin Lawrence Galleries. Its range of artists is extensive, from Rembrandt to Chagall, Erté to Murakami. One of nine galleries Martin Lawrence has nationwide, the New York space claims to have the largest contemporary collection in SoHo.
116 Prince Street (between Greene and Wooster Streets)
Morrison Hotel sells music-related photography from as far back as the 1940s, with selected images of athletes and Hollywood icons available as well. These are not the posters you might have tacked to the walls of your adolescence bedroom but rather fine-art prints from the archives of photographers including Sid Avery, Terry O’Neill, and Mick Rock, as well as of two of the business’s partners, Harry Diltz and Timothy White. Works by musicians Jamie Hince (half of the Kills and an ex-husband of model Kate Moss), Julian Lennon, Graham Nash, and Blondie’s Chris Stein are also available, as are intimate photos of George Harrison and Eric Clapton by Pattie Boyd, a former wife of each.
31 Mercer Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
Joseph Beuys, Milena Dopitová, Edwin Schlossberg, and Hannah Wilke are among the artists (or their estates) represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery, which has exhibited pioneering artists working in a variety of mediums since 1971, when it was located on the Upper East Side. It has been in its current location since 1981, making it something of a grande dame of SoHo galleries. On display through April 13 is “Incubate,” a brilliantly hued installation by Shih Chieh Huang incorporating light, sound, and kinetics.
100 Cosby Street (at Prince Street), #305
Fashion and other editorial photography is the focus of Staley-Wise Gallery. Works by a Who’s Who of photographers make up its collection: Slim Aarons, a chronicler of the 1950s and ‘60s jet set; street-photography pioneer Henri Cartier-Bresson; Horst, who blurred the line between commercial and fine-art photography; model-turned-war correspondent Lee Miller; Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, Norman Parkinson, Herb Ritts, Deborah Turbeville, and other fashion photographers.
83 Grand Street (between Greene and Wooster Streets)
Cory Arcangel (best known for modifying Nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros.), photographer/filmmaker Ryan McGinley, and painter Dawn Mellors, whose celebrity portraits are anything but sycophantic, are among the cutting-edge artists on the roster of Team Gallery. Photographer Paul Mpagi Sepuye’s solo show “The Conditions” runs through April 13, as does “Selections from Mute,” a set of five new paintings by Suzanne McClelland. “Swinging Party,” a solo show from postmodern painter Sam McKinniss, opens April 25.