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10 Galleries to Visit on the Upper East Side

April 16, 2015

In terms of New York City gallery history, the Upper East Side, roughly from 57th Street northward, is the establishment, the old regime. Galleries that put the city on the international map in the 1950s started here. Several of our big museums call this turf home. So do several of the elite contemporary galleries that now serve as feeding tubes to those museums....

....Americas Society

There are several such figures in “Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940-1978” at this gallery, a modest Park Avenue space that, under its director of visual arts, Gabriela Rangel, regularly presents museum-worthy fare. The show is a tight, readily graspable survey of household design dating from a time when the idea of modern had both political clout and commercial cachet. The influence of European and North American trends is evident. But just as clear is how Latin American designers molded those influences to their own ends, either through the use of indigenous materials — Brazilian hardwoods, Mexican agave fibers — or through the adoption of pre-Columbian or colonial-era forms and motifs....

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