In the late 1990s, New York’s downtown visual arts community gradually moved away from SoHo into Chelsea for better rent and larger spaces. The area of West Chelsea between Tenth and Eleventh avenues and 18th and 28th streets soon became known as the Chelsea Arts District. Factories and warehouse from its industrial past have mostly been converted into art spaces, and in 2005, much of West Chelsea was rezoned to allow for the development of the High Line and to encourage the continued use of former industrial spaces as art galleries. Chelsea is now home to hundreds of art galleries and artist studios and is considered an international hub for contemporary art.
In this episode of NYC-ARTS, we went on a walking tour of the neighborhood and paid a visit to some of its finest galleries. Check out this list (and map) of galleries and exhibitions and head to Chelsea for a gallery tour of your own. Tell them we sent you!