The best contemporary art exhibitions in New York City

teamlab @ Pace (510)
510 W 25th St,   thru 8/15

A 4-minute multi-screen video thrill ride (find the big room and sit on the bench).

Tara Donovan @ Pace (534)
534 W 25th St,   CLOSED SAT & SUN,   thru 8/15

Millions of index cards and thousands of clear acrylic rods make unfathomably complex sculptures.

The Bigger Picture @ Tanya Bonakdar
521 W 21st St,   CLOSED SAT & SUN,   thru 8/1   6 days left

An awesome group show includes a sidewalk sculpture by Sarah Sze & a kaleidoscope by Olafur Eliasson!

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Charles James @ The Metropolitan Musuem
1000 5th Ave,   Su-Th 10-5:30, Fr-Sa 10-9,   thru 8/10

The dresses are amazing. The animation & robotics that explain them is phenomenal.

Jeff Koons @ The Whitney
945 Madison Avenue,   We-Th 11-6, Fr 1-9, Sa-Su 11-6,   thru 10/19

Love him or hate him, the order is everything:  2nd floor, 3rd floor, 4th floor, 1st floor, basement garden.

Ai Weiwei @ Brooklyn Art Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy,   thru 8/10

Politics, tragedy, and beauty meet in 74 tons of rebar, hundreds of ceramic crabs, and thousands of pearls.

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25th Street
534 W 25th St Pace (534) Tara Donovan 8/15 star star star star star star star star
510 W 25th St Pace (510) teamlab 8/15 star star star star star star star star
21st Street
521 W 21st St Tanya Bonakdar The Bigger Picture 8/1 star star star star star star star star

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Upper East Side
1 E 70th St The Frick Enlightenment and Beauty 4/5 star star star star star star star star
725 Park Ave Asia Society Nalini Malani 8/3 star star star star star star star star
945 Madison Avenue The Whitney Jeff Koons 10/19 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Flowering of Edo Painting 9/7 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Now You See It 9/1 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Lost Kingdoms of Early So... 7/27 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Goya 8/3 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Dan Grahm & Gunther V... 11/2 star star star star star star star star
1000 5th Ave The Metropolitan Musuem Charles James 8/10 star star star star star star star star
1071 5th Ave The Guggenheim Italian Futurism 9/1 star star star star star star star star
1109 5th Ave The Jewish Museum Other Primary Structures 8/3 star star star star star star star star
1220 Fifth Avenue Museum of the City of New... City as Canvas 8/24 star star star star star star star star
Midtown
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Designing Modern Women 9/21 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art A world of its own 10/5 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Robert Heinecken 9/7 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Jasper Johns 9/1 star star star star star star star star
11 W 53 St Museum of Modern Art Sigmar Polke 8/3 star star star star star star star star
Brooklyn
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Ai Weiwei 8/10 star star star star star star star star
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Chicago in LA 9/28 star star star star star star star star
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn Art Museum Swoon 8/24 star star star star star star star star
Queens
22-25 Jackson Ave P.S.1 Contemporary Art Ce... Christoph Schlingensief 8/31 star star star star star star star star
Elsewhere
1040 Grand Concourse Bronx Museum of the Arts Beyond the Supersquare 1/11 star star star star star star star star

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New York City contains the highest concentration of contemporary art galleries in human history. The result is the opportunity to enjoy the best art on the planet in a museum-like environment, without the crowds, for free, IF you can sort through the ever-changing 500+ galleries to find the most unique, jaw-dropping experiences.  Good news, we found them.

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