The New York Times is out with its annual survey of the city’s art gallery scene. Holland Carter picks 10 galleries on the Lower East Side showing especially interesting work at the moment and sums up the state of visual art in the neighborhood:
A decade or so ago, when art dealers started to set up shop below East Houston Street, a vague hope beat in the hearts of some observers that the neighborhood might be an alternative, in art and attitude alike, to Chelsea. I doubt anyone harbors that hope today. Mostly, the Lower East Side gallery scene is Chelsea with more storefronts and cheaper retail. Still, it has a certain margin of flexibility, and sometimes it uses it.
Making the cut: Whitebox Art Center, Y Gallery, Kerry Schuss Gallery, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Lesley Heller Workspace, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Canada Gallery, James Fuentes, ABC No Rio and Cuchifritos in the Essex Street Market.
Also this week, the Observer took a look at the blossoming art scene in that “blurry divide between Manhattan’s Lower East Side and predominately Chinese sections of East Broadway, Canal Street and Eldridge Street.” Among those interviewed, Allegra LaViola and Meredith Rosen of Sargent’s Daughters on East Broadway.