Take in astounding art in Brooklyn

New York is certainly a great place for art lovers to visit, and although Manhattan has a wealth of iconic museums and galleries, I think it’d be wrong to think that it’s the only borough in the city that has amazing paintings and installations on display. In fact, I’d say you’d be making a BIG mistake, as Brooklyn has more than its fair share of world-class art.

Here are just some of the best places in this part of New York for culture vultures.

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum is spread over some 560,000 sq ft (making it one of the largest art museums anywhere in the United States), I don’t think that it should be too much of a surprise to hear that it contains a vast array of art spanning all disciplines and eras of time.

No matter what your personal tastes are, I’m fairly certain you’ll come across at least a few works that will appeal to you. Indeed, the museum’s expansive collection includes everything from contemporary paintings to ancient African sculptures.

As well as the permanent galleries, the Brooklyn Museum hosts a range of exciting temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Often focusing on a particular subject or the works of a certain artist, these displays are on a few months. If there’s something in particular you want to see, you should act quickly and book a flight from the UK to New York .

This year has seen the museum host collections of several local artists, including Shura Chernozatonskaya and Heather Hart, while there have also been Andy Warhol exhibitions and  about the impact of 9/11 in previous years.

Look North

Head to the Red Hook district of Brooklyn and you’ll come across an array of fantastic galleries, although I think there are few, if any, that are as cool as Look North. Situated on Conover Street in a former warehouse that overlooks the city’s harbour, this amazing institution is dedicated to displaying the best in contemporary Arctic art.

Here, you can take in an array of sculptures – many of which depict animals like owls and bears that have been crafted from materials such as basalt and serpentine – produced by leading names in this movement. Several of the artworks on display are available to purchase, while prints of traditional Inuit art can also be bought.

Slate Gallery

Situated in the Williamsburg region of Brooklyn, the Slate Gallery is a wonderful place to stop by if you are keen to see the latest developments in the contemporary art scene during your holiday.

This free-to-enter institution, is located on Wythe Avenue, puts on an ever-changing array of temporary exhibitions. James Rosenquist, Erika Ranee, Nickolas Roudane and Jay Milder are just some of those to have had their work displayed here over the past few years. With the gallery committed to showcasing artists who use both traditional and non-conventional methods, I’m sure there’ll be something that catches your eye. Who knows, by taking a trip here you might come across a new favourite painter of yours!

These are just a few of Brooklyn’s leading art galleries and museums, but if you can think of any more that are worth visiting, please leave a comment and let us know.

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