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EMPTY WALL SYNDROME? CHECK OUT THESE FOUR GALLERIES IN THE MURRAY HILL ‘HOOD

Unexpected Art Spots to Explore in Murray Hill

By COURTNEY MIFSUD

You’ve done Chelsea. Ditto for SoHo. Now, it’s time to explore the galleries that make up the Murray Hill/Flatiron art scene. Some of our favorites include the School for Visual Arts, where you can invest in young artists before they’re discovered, and Swann Galleries, the 75-year-old auction house on East 25th Street.

OLD PRINT SHOP

This New York institution, dating to 1898, offers a range of amazing American art prints, maps and lithographs, starting at around $200. Also on site: a bookstore if you want to bone up on your art history.

oldprintshop.com
150 Lexington Avenue
(212) 683-3950
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.; Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.; June – August Monday to Thursday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Walking time from East River Ferry/34th Street 16 minutes

OLD PRINT SHOP

DM CONTEMPORARY

Doris Mukabaa, the founder of DM Contemporary, got her start in the gallery business when she sold art from home in Nassau County, treating guests and artists to a salon-esque setting. She entered New York City art scene in 2010 and now represents a roster of upcoming and mid-career artists. Mukabaa’s current “Indian Summer Show” features 24 artists who work in a wide range of styles across various media. (It ends November 9th). We’re fans of Dennis Beach’s Squeeze sculpture, a towering red installation, which is on view on the balcony.

dmcontemporary.com
39 East 29th Street #2B
(212) 576-2032
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.; Saturday 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Walking time from East River Ferry/34th Street   20 minutes

DM CONTEMPORARY

SVA GRAMERCY GALLERY

The School of Visual Arts’ exhibition program helps students launch their professional careers with shows in three galleries around New York City, including this 23rd Street location. Not only can you see great new artists here, if you buy a piece, the school does not take a commission, so the sale money goes directly to the artist. Next up is “The Masters Series: Louise Fili,” a show which opens on Friday, October 14.

sva.edu
209 East 23rd Street
(212) 592-2145
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.; Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.; Closed Sunday and federal holidays

Walking time from East River Ferry/34th Street  20 minutes

SVA GRAMERCY GALLERY

SWANN GALLERIES

Going once…going twice. Right on the Murray Hill border you’ll find Swann Galleries, one of the world’s largest specialist auctioneers of works on paper. Founded in 1941, Swann sells prints, maps, photographs and books. While you can bid in person, the gallery also takes offers over the phone and through its website. One standout department focuses on African American Fine Art, which in 2015 sold poet Maya Angelou’s art collection for almost $1.3 million.

swanngalleries.com
104 East 25th Street (212) 254-4710
Hours: Weekdays 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (5:00 P.M. on Fridays in July and August)

Walking time from East River Ferry/34th Street  22 minutes

SWANN GALLERIES

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