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The 10 Best Art Galleries to Visit Worldwide — Art is experiencing an incredible commercial boom right now, and many of the galleries on this list were founded in the ’80s and ’90s. 

When it comes to contemporary art, a great gallery has the ability to continually challenge the way things have been done in the past, supporting new, young, and/or political work, and embracing the expansion of existing and new mediums. So if you have the opportunity to spend some time visiting one of those galleries, Daily Design News‘ editors have listed some of the best art galleries in the world you should visit ASAP. Check them out!


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1. Gagosian

Location: New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong
Artists Represented: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nam June Paik, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Ed Ruscha

Founded in 1980, initially in partnership with the dealer, Leo Castelli, in SoHo, Gagosian Gallery has produced museum-quality shows using its unprecedented global presence. In addition to a vibrant contemporary program, the gallery often presents historical exhibitions focusing on artists like Andy Warhol and Picasso.

2. Hauser & Wirth

Location: New York, Los Angeles, Zürich, Somerset, and Gstaad
Artists Represented: Paul McCarthy, Jenny Holzer, Pipilotti Rist, Martin Creed, Louise Bourgeois

Founded by Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in Switzerland, the Hauser & Wirth gallery has created exciting exhibitions, performances, happenings, environments, and more.

3. Galerie Perrotin

Location: Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo
Artists Represented: Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, KAWS, Elmgreen & Dragset, JR

Since officially founding the Galerie Perrotin in 1990, Emmanuel Perrotin represents numerous French artists, such as Sophie Calle, Tatiana Trouve, and Xavier Veilhan, as well as newer names like JR and Daniel Arsham. The gallery is also known for branching outside of the art world and has partnered with Pharrell and Massive Attack, among others.

4. David Zwirner

Location: New York and London
Artists Represented: Yayoi Kusama, Oscar Murillo, Kerry Marshall, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra

Since 1993, David Zwirner has set a high standard for showing contemporary art, from important minimalist works to time-based media. The gallery, originally founded by Zwirner in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, has fostered the careers of some of the most important artists working today.

5. Pace Gallery

Location: New York, London, Beijing, Menlo Park, Hong Kong, Paris, Palo Alto, and Seoul
Artists Represented: Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Maya Lin, Yoshitomo Nara, James Turrell

Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace Gallery has produced hundreds of top-notch catalogs and even more exhibitions, loomed large at art fairs, and maintained lasting relevance in the art world.

6. Marian Goodman

Location: New York, London, and Paris
Artists Represented: John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Giuseppe Penone, Lawrence Weiner, Adrián Villar Rojas

Before she had a gallery, Marian Goodman founded Multiples, which published prints and books by American artists such as John Baldessari, Dan Graham, and Andy Warhol.

7. Victoria Miro

Location: London and Venice
Artists Represented: Chris Ofili, Do Ho Suh, Kara Walker, Andreas Gursky, Cecily Brown

Since its founding in London in 1985, Victoria Miro gallery has created a strong presence internationally and catapulted the careers of multiple artists, including many Turner Prize winners.

8. Lehmann Maupin

Location: New York and Hong Kong
Artists Represented: Os Gemeos, Gilbert & George, Mr., Mickalene Thomas, Alex Prager

Founded by David Maupin and Rachel Lehmann in SoHo in 1996, Lehmann Maupin is known for giving many now-renowned artists their first shows in the city, including Tracey Emin, Do Ho Suh, Do Ho Suh, Juergen Teller, and Anya Gallaccio. Today, they work with a range of international artists, including Liu Wei, MR., Os Gemeos and Juergen Teller, whose individual practices are furthering their mediums.

9. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Location: Paris, Pantin, Salzburg, and London
Artists Represented: Robert Longo, Alex Katz, Gilbert & George, Imran Qureshi, Cory Arcangel

Founded in Austria in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac now has a real international impact representing around 60 artists and a number of renowned estates.

10. Lévy Gorvy

Location: New York and London
Artists Represented: Pierre Soulages, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, Günther Uecker, Dan Colen

Beyond a number of exciting contemporary minimal, abstract, and conceptual artists, Lévy Gorvy also represents the estates of Yves Klein, Frank Stella, and others.


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