The second volume of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors features a total of 217 art collections in 156 international locations, some of them quite off the beaten path in remote places. In this sense the guide comes in handy to discover some of the art world’s most hidden gems and to guarantee some sort of adventure.
On the other hand, this publication also gives a whole new and exciting perspective on international art metropolises by opening up private space to an art interested public. To provide the readers some more background information on the most important art hubs worldwide and to give an impression of their unique dynamics, the guide dedicates seven Shorties (short texts) to metropolises such as Berlin, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Beijing or Istanbul.
This time we would like to take you to one of the most exciting art cities in the world – bustling New York!
"The New York art scene continues to grow. Two major art fairs per year even fit into the calendar: The coexistence of the storied Armory Show and Frieze New York—on Randall’s Island, in the East River—illustrates how receptive the city remains to art. Over 1 000 private galleries have arrived at the same opinion, and now some have jumped the river to Bushwick—a multicultural district in Brooklyn where established Manhattan galleries like Luhring Augustine or Kesting Ray now entertain their branches. If you have time for just a short visit to Manhattan, you’d better be selective. A nice art walk could lead you to Paula Cooper, David Zwirner, or Larry Gagosian in the important gallery district of Chelsea. You could then head up to the vicinity of Central Park, where the galleries of Michael Werner and Hauser & Wirth reside on the Upper East Side. From there it’s only a short hop to the grand institutions of the American metropolis: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) remains as attractive as ever, as does the Guggenheim Museum, and, of course, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the antique world meets American art from the twenty-first century. At the Whitney Museum of American Art you’ll find contemporary American works of the twentieth century, and at the Sculpture Center you’ll discover very fine exhibitions of current sculptors. But you can also feel like a pioneer and discover art the way curious New Yorkers do. They look over Brooklyn to Queens, at MoMA’s PS1, which, along with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in Manhattan, is one of the most established museums for contemporary art. On the border of Bushwick and Queens you’ll find young galleries like Regina Rex, who may already be presenting the stars of tomorrow, today. And, to return to Bushwick: here is where you will find space for project rooms like Chez Bushwick or Norte Maar, whose exhibitions are not subject to the selling pressure of the city. And on the other side of the Manhattan Bridge, just at the edge of Chinatown, you’ll find the gallery Canada, known for its sensational program."
Christiane Meixner has been working as a freelance art critic since 1986 for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Since 2008 she has also served as a freelance editor of Der Tagesspiegel’s „Art & Market“ section.