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Chelsea Art Galleries Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • This tour is offered by Context Walks. Context are committed to giving their guests a deeper understanding of the cities that they visit. All their tour groups have limited numbers and are led by a local academic expert.
  • In addition Context Walks are committed to the principals of sustainable tourism and part of their profits go to maintaining New York’s cultural heritage.
  • Visit a range of Chelsea Galleries and discover Chelsea’s vibrant art scene.
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    3:00pm

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from the 10th Avenue Cookshop, 156 10th Avenue, which is between 19th and 20th Streets. The closest subway stops are: C, E (blue line) 23rd Street Station; 1 (red line) 18th Street Station and A, C, E, L (blue, grey-shuttle) 8th Ave-14th Street Stop. Please note that if you're on the east side of Manhattan, you can take the 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, W to 14th Street - Union Sq and transfer to the L Shuttle to 8th Ave -14th St
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends in Chelsea

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This New York Walking Tour provides a wonderful insight into Chelsea, which has long been recognized as the premiere center for the arts in America and is considered by many to be the commercial center of the art market worldwide as well.

    Accompanied by a seasoned professional in this area (either an artist, or a critic, and usually both), during this three-hour walking tour you will explore the tremendously diverse art scene in Chelsea, which is home to a number of blue chip titans like Mary Boone and Matthew Marks as well as to promising younger gallery owners like Zach Feuer and Oliver Kamm.

    Available in private and small group (max 6 people) tour options, choose what suits you best and discover Chelsea’s vibrant art scene.

    Itinerary

    Make your way to the 10th Avenue Cookshop where you will be met by a seasoned professional in this area (either an artist, or a critic, and usually both).

    There is no charge to enter any of the galleries visited. You will visit between 3-5 based on the groups interest.

    The walking tour begins with your tour guide discussing the neighborhood itself, which covers the area from 13th to 29th street and between 7th and 11th avenues. Long the home of industrial commerce, including taxi depots and autobody shops, Chelsea first rose to art world prominence in the late nineties when there was a mass exodus of galleries from city's previous art hotspot, SoHo. The area was colonized by market savvy gallerists interested in its preponderance of large, commercially ready spaces, and thus offers a unique example of a commercially engineered scene.

    Look at the economics behind its rise and the effect of that on the art world in general. Then jump into the art itself, picking your way from gallery to gallery, guided in part by what's currently on show, but mostly by your tour guide's strong knowledge of the galleries and their strengths (and weaknesses).

    Your walk will allow for a broad overview of the galleries, including visits to pioneers like Metro Pictures and Paula Cooper, as well as to some galleries on the fringe of Chelsea where a string of young dealers have set up exciting programs.

    The exact course of your walk varies day to day but promises to give a full overview of the New York art world today for neophyte and collector alike.

    The tour ends in Chelsea.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • A seasoned English-speaking professional, either an artist, or a critic, and usually both
    • There is no charge to enter any of the galleries visited. You will visit between 3-5 based on the groups interest.

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with your tour guide, please call the local activity operator so that the message can be relayed to the tour guide.
    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveThe small group tour operates with a maximum of 6 people