Part of growing up is making transitions: Axe to Old Spice, dorm room to apartment, ramen to eggplant parmigiana. Those are long gone, but you’ve still got the beloved Mohammed Ali poster that’s adorned your wall since freshman year. We recommend going with modern — otherwise known as contemporary — art. Of course, you’ll need to find something you like; better still if your aesthetic investment gains monetary value. But how to differentiate a collection of half-full coffee cups, ashtrays with cigarette butts and empty beer bottles from a piece by Damien Hirst? For help we consulted with Gary Metzner, a Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s in Chicago.
Waterhouse and Dodd, 958 Madison Avenue, 3F
With locations in both London and New York, Waterhouse and Dodd has spent the past three decades establishing itself as one of the most reputable brokers in the game. Their gallery, which holds rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists that change every 4 – 6 weeks, contains some of the art world’s biggest names.
Luhring Augustine Gallery, 531 W 24th St.
For those with dispensable means, this gallery is one of the best places in the city to find works by Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. A second location in Bushwick provides space for long-term exhibitions.
Agora Gallery, 530 W 25th St.
Just around the corner from Luhring Augustine is the Agora Gallery, which caters to a more economically diverse crowd. In addition to selling the work of established artists, the museum also specializes in mid-level and emerging artists.
Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave.
The current headquarters for Sotheby’s global operations, the New York office holds nearly 100 auctions every year, many of which deal with contemporary art. Even if you don’t have any money to spend, the six story exhibition space is always filled with interesting and high-profile art.
Matthew Marks, 523 W 24th St.
A driving force behind Chelsea’s transformation into an arts mecca was Matthew Marks, who now runs three exhibition spaces in the city. His first exhibition, at which nothing was for sale, helped establish him as an art advocate rather than a businessman.
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