Top 5 Gallery Shows You Need To See in NYC: Lower East Side Edition

There are hundreds of cool galleries on NYC’s Lower East Side – and more are moving in by the day. But they are also extremely spread out and almost impossible to do in one day. Here are 5 of the very best – and all within walking distance of each other. So check them out if you’re in the neighborhood over the next couple of weeks. Also, almost all are open on Sundays so come for brunch and discover some great art afterwards.

The Hole Gallery
Theo Rosenblum and Chelsea Seltzer
312 Bowery @ 1st Street
Til Feb 5

I LOVE this show – it’s so curious and beautifully installed and totally fun. Also interesting that the gallery is listing all the work for sale on artsy. Pics above.

See below for 4 more must-sees.

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Henry Gunderson “Shoes Etc.”
57 Stanton Street between Forsythe and Eldridge
Til Feb 5

Terrific, of the moment, second solo show by a young artist from San Francisco. Make sure you check out the basement gallery for the single sculpture in the show titled “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.”  The gallerist did not want to associate in any way with street art but I see this as next level – Street Art 2.0.

There’s also a charity shoe drive associated with the show – so if you have new – or slightly used – sneakers to donate bring them along.


Simon Preston Gallery
Jenny Perlin; The Long Sleepers
301 Broome Street
Til February 19

3rd solo show by this artist at this fabulous LES gallery (love the vibe here!). Film and installations in the back gallery and an installation of works on paper in the front. Gorgeous work in a gorgeous space.


Fortnight Institute
Chris Oh: Plays
60 East 4th Street
Til Feb 2

This is a tiny gem of a gallery giving Chris Oh his first solo exhibition. He recreates Old Masters on bed sheets, pillows, even boots. In an interview with Zach Sokol of Art in America he talked about his work: I paint imagery appropriated from different types of ephemera and art history. Grouping these seemingly disparate images together informs my aesthetic sensibility. I see myself as an editor as much as I do a painter.


Sperone Westwater
Emil Lukas
257 Bowery bet. Houston and Stanton
Til Feb 11
NOTE: Not open on Sunday

Beautiful work in one of the most beautiful galleries on the Bowery. This is Emil Lukas’ 3rd exhibition with the gallery and it includes stack sculptures, paintings, and Liquid Lens (2016), an aluminum sculpture that is a new direction for the artist.

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