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If beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, New York fine arts galleries and tours give everyone plenty to behold and appreciate! Seeing famous works of fine art that you’ve only seen on the Internet or in textbooks makes a lasting impression and is an undeniable thrill.
Many well-established fine arts galleries and museums, such as MoMA, The Met, Gagosian, The Guggenheim and countless other New York City galleries and collections offer tours to closely view great masterpieces, modern and contemporary works, and original artworks in all styles.
New York State has seemingly endless art gallery tours to discover, as well as experimental pieces and traditional arts and crafts to explore. The Long Island Museum has over 40,000 pieces of American art in its collection. The Heckscher Museum of Art’s collection spans 500 years from Dutch Old Masters paintings to the works of prominent Long Island artists, with photography also a growing focus.
The Hudson River School of artists celebrates the beauties of the river and the Catskill Mountains. Historic sites, art museums and landmarks, such as Olana and Thomas Cole National Historic Site have impressive collections of this influential style of landscape art.
For contemporary fine art tours, photography and modern and visual arts, visit Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, a trendy town with numerous galleries to explore. You might also visit Tappan Z Gallery in Tarrytown; Dia: Beacon in Beacon; or Elena Zang Gallery, James Cox Gallery, Center for Photography and many others in Woodstock.
Corning Museum of Glass, with the world’s largest collection of contemporary and historical glass and demonstrations, is a fascinating place; save time to visit West End Gallery, too. Other area art galleries and museums include Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute (featuring regional artists plus 25,000+ paintings by American and European artists, including O’Keeffe, Picasso, Whistler, Mondrian, and Thomas Cole), and Johnson Museum of Art: with one of upstate New York’s finest art collections, it’s among the most important university museums in the US.
Burchfield Penney Art Center has a dual focus – keepers of the past and explorers of ‘the next’ – with a concentration on the works of Charles E. Burchfield and other distinguished western New York artists. Albright-Knox Gallery, CEPA Gallery and Rochester Contemporary are three well-respected and often-visited fine arts destinations in the Great Lakes region. Heading south, you’ll find New York Native American arts at Seneca Iroquois National Museum.
In the Adirondacks, when you visit The Hyde Collection, you may view many of the world’s most famous works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso and others, and tour the historic 1912 American Renaissance mansion and gardens.
New York offers visitors and natives alike many pleasing opportunities to tour fine arts exhibits in galleries and museums all over the state. Fine arts tours anyone?