Upper East What?!

Don’t presume that Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan are the only hoods under the mainstream art radar. Upper East Side galleries, north of 57th Street, don’t always play by the rules. When a gallery pays for a space next to the Museum Mile, it knows how to throw a spectacular show, drawing crowds of UES locals and classic art stars, such as Jeff Koons and Robert Ryman, usually photographed by Patrick McMullan himself.  Yet these extravagant parties don’t compare to the emerging contemporary art exhibited. Just across from Bloomberg’s abode, there are a number of galleries that are so fabulous they should be illegal.

Here is a list of three galleries that will blow your mind:

GALERIE MOURLOT 16 East 79th Street (between Fifth & Madison Avenues)
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM or by Appointment;
Telephone +1 212-288-8808

Eric Mourlot (yes, directly related to Atelier Mourlot who founded the infamous lithographic print shop in Paris) may have photographs of Miro drawing on his arm as a young boy, but he dedicates his time to showing this century’s newest artists. The gallery’s next show features Susan Schwalb, A Gathering Quiet: Metalpoint Paintings and Drawings, from January 25 until March 12, 2011.

L&M ARTS, NEW YORK 45 East 78th Street (between Madison & Park Avenues) Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM or by Appointment; Telephone +1 212-861-0020
L&M may be difficult to find, tucked away in a more residential area, but it proves that spectacular galleries are worth the search. During the last show in 2010, the intimate space was filled with Damien Hirst’s Medicine Cabinets. Okay, so perhaps L&M has a penchant of hanging “bigger” names, but somehow viewing “museum” pieces in a brownstone creates a greater connection between art and viewer. Don’t miss David Hammons’s self-titled show on display from January 26 until February 26, 2011.

SALON 94 12 East 94th Street (between Fifth & Madison Avenues) Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Telephone +1 646-672-9212
Salon 94 has such a Downtown vibe that there are actually two Downtown locations: Salon 94 Bowery and Salon 94 Freemans. Unfortunately January 12, 2011, was the last day to check out Come As you Are Again – Hanna Liden and Nate Lowman’s first collaboration. So make sure to “come as you are” to February’s opening for Laurie Simmons. The exact date is still tentative.

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About Megan M. Garwood

Megan M. Garwood is a New York City-based editor, art critic, commentator and aesthetician, as well as the Associate Director at Leslie Feely Gallery on 68th and Madison. Her guilty pleasures include metaethics, morality, conceptual art, and Coney Island side shows. Feel free to contact her via email at megan@whitehotmagazine.com.
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