If you didn’t know already Alice loves art! She did Graphic Design and Illustration at university and studied history of art in college. Meaning each time we go somewhere new we like to try and fit in a gallery to get to see some great pieces.
New York City has some of the most famous galleries in the world (with some of the most famous pieces!) So if you want a little culture here are Alice’s recommendations for the Big Apple.
The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection was one of my highlights of our last trip to NYC, not only for the incredible collection of art but also the building. The Frick Collection was set up by Henry Clay Frick and is located in his former home on 5th Avenue (It takes up a whole block… yes it is LARGE.) As you walk round the gallery you are also walking around the home seeing original furniture and where the paintings would have been within his home. It was incredible that in their home there would be a Rembrandt just casually hanging on the wall. Within the collection they have some of the most well known European artist like Rembrandt, Van Gough, Vermeer, Holbein, Bellini… you get the idea the list goes on forever. The Frick was a lot quieter than the other galleries we had visited, but I didn’t have a clue that it was even there until we were stuck for something to do on a rainy day. I can’t wait to go back and stroll around again. Not going to New York anytime soon? You can check out all the rooms and some of the art work through google >> HERE
Cost: Adults: $20, Student: $10
Location: 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met not only shows paintings but thousands of years of different types of art including hieroglyphics, classical Greek and Roman statues and Fashion garments. Home to the famous Met Gala each year and one of our favourite scenes from our favourite film, When Harry met Sally (Pecan Pieeee!) The Met reminds us a lot of the Victoria and Albert museum with what it holds within its walls- a true history of art and all the variants that come with it.
Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
The Museum of Modern Art is probably one of the most well known galleries in Manhattan. Full of famous artists such as Warhol, Pollock, Van Gough, Picasso and many more and showcasing these next to modern day sculptors, painters and film artists. Even if you are not in to conceptual art I would suggest going just to see those classic modern artists and and the amazing work that they produced.
Cost: Adult $25, Student $14
Location: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
The Guggenheim is made up of collections of art ranging from surreal and impressionist to minimalist and conceptual art. This is one of the galleries in New York that we haven’t been to but it is on our list for when we go back. The building is probably one of the most recognisable in New York city with its beautifully curved exterior reflected on the interior, the swirling corridors endlessly leading to more and more art. Guggenheim also have galleries in Venice and Bilbao.
Cost: Adult: $25, Student $18
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Is there anywhere that you recommend we visit for art in the Big Apple?