Visiting New York City this summer? Or live here and need something creative and inspiring to do? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled our top-three must-see art experiences in NYC this summer.
1: Basquiat Exhibit
The Basquiat exhibit is a must-visit. Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist who shot to fame in the 1980s and tragically died at age 27 of a heroin overdose, is recognized as a major contributor to the history of art. This exhibit, curated by his sisters, includes personal items and “over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings” and more. Happening in Chelsea!
Photograph © Lee Jaffe 1983
2: Whitney Biennial
The Whitney Biennial is back for the first time since 2019! This exhibit of contemporary American art titled Quiet as It’s Kept, features “63 artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today.” While you’re in the Meat Packing District, be sure to grab an extra-large pretzel and beer at The Standard Biergarten and take a stroll on the Highline.
Photograph © Whitney Museum
3: Nick Cave Mosaics
This expansive, permanent artwork spans the length of the 42nd St. Subway Connector, between the Times Square, 42nd Street and Bryant Park, 42nd Street stations. Entitled Each One, Every One, Equal All, this amazing work of public art is made up of “nearly 4,600 square feet of mosaic.” Take that all you NYC subway naysayers!
Photograph © Amr Alfiky for The New York Times