24 Hrs in NYC
For the Art Lover
By: Megan Schill

New York is a vast sprawling maze of art, culture, food trucks, yellow taxi cabs and brownstones. It is the largest city in the United States with over 8 million inhabitants, more than doubling the population of Los Angeles, the nation's second largest city. It is also one of the best destinations in the world for art lovers. From street art so prestigious that it is preserved under Plexiglas to cultural icons like Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, the city that never sleeps truly has something for every art fan.

If you're only in the city for a short visit and you want to see some of the most famous art housed in the Big Apple, it is easiest to start with the big three:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (The Met) and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

The Met is perhaps the most comprehensive museum of the three, housing art that spans more than 5,000 years with pieces from Ancient Egypt and Rome to Impressionist masterpieces like Starry Night and Monet's The Water Lily Pond. It is also the largest museum in the United States and the third most visited museum in the world. Located on Museum Mile, The Met is easy to hit on a day or weekend trip while also visiting the Guggenheim, the Museum of the City of New York, or a number of other institutions along Fifth Avenue.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Just a third of a mile down Fifth Avenue is the Guggenheim. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, and is just as much a piece of art as the works inside. This museum focuses on art from the impressionism, post-impressionism, early modern and contemporary eras, and includes pieces from Paul Cèzanne, Fernand Léger, Marc Chegall, Amedeo Modigliani and Paul Klee.

MOMA should be the main stop for those who are primarily interested in Modern Art. The gallery is located in Midtown Manhattan on 53rd Street, and includes art spanning design, architecture, photography, sculpture, painting, books, electronic media, prints and film. The gallery also has a library with more than 300,000 exhibition catalogs and books.

There are dozens of other galleries beyond the big three, and they range from large installation pieces to spaces for art performances to more traditional galleries. The WhiteBox aims to highlight the meaningful nature of creating art, and does this by hosting exhibitions, screenings, lectures, panel discussions, performances and more. Walter de Maria's New York Earth Room in SoHo was established in the 80s and is an even more abstract space. It consists solely of a large room filled with a few feet of dirt. The air is heavy and smells of agriculture, and the serene space is meant to contrast the fast-paced metropolitan city outside of the room.

Photographers will enjoy the Yossi Milo Gallery in Manhattan, which focuses on art primarily created using photography, video and paper. The art featured here is meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. Pace is another contemporary gallery in Chelsea, though it was originally founded in Boston in 1960 before it was moved to New York in 1963. It has 10 locations around the globe and features art from dozens of influential modern artists.
Back outside, there is tons of street art throughout the city. Taking a walk to spot some of the most colorful graffiti and murals on the street is a great way to see more of the city whether you are a local or you are only in New York for the day.

Hammer Boy by Banksy is on the outer wall of a DSW store on W 79th Street in the Upper West Side. While the upscale area doesn't typically keep street art, the owners of DSW bolted a Plexiglas sheet over the silhouette of a boy holding a sledgehammer over a real fire hydrant when it first appeared in 2013 to protect it.

The Bowery Graffiti Wall on E Houston Street at Bowery is another impressive installation, that started in 1982 when Keith Haring first painted the large, flat wall. When real-estate agent Tony Goldman purchased the location in 2008, he began inviting famous street artists to add to the wall, including Lady Aiko Os Gêmeos and Shepard Fairey.

Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, has almost as much art as one of the big three museums splashed across every available surface. Resident Joe Ficalora began commissioning murals in 2011 to raise money for children suffering from brain tumors, and the project exploded. Today there are more than 50 murals from artists including Nychos, Cost, Blek le Rat, Mast and Buff Monster, with more being added regularly.

Whether you are a fan of famous impressionist pieces like Starry Night, abstract installations like the Earth Room or stunning street art, New York truly has something for everyone.

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