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Gallery Hopping A Fun And Free Way To Experience The City

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If you have friends or family coming in from out of town, the big museums are often a top attraction, and NY1's Stephanie Simon also suggests doing some gallery hopping. She filed the following report.

With hundreds of galleries in Chelsea, the artistic possibilities seem infinite, and on 19th Street, they are.

"We are inside what's called an infinity room by the artist Yayoi Kusama at the David Zwirner gallery," says David Behringer of The Two Percent.

Some people give their two cents on art, but Behringer gives his Two Percent, a website that lists must-see gallery shows.

The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is tops on this list, and has a video installation, paintings and two amazing infinity rooms, one that allows several people in at a time and another that's meant for just one or two people to go in and be immersed in the magic of the artwork.

"There are experiences with art on this planet that are special, that kind of stand out from typical paintings or sculptures in this world," Behringer says. "I call those the two percent."

Unlike at a museum, there is no curator to tour you through, but you don't really need someone to connect the dots.

Expect long lines, but have your camera ready. Once inside, it's well worth it.

I can't promise this will always happen, but when we stopped by Paul Kasmin gallery on 27th Street, we got to chat with Paul Kasmin about a stunning show on Brancusi. It celebrates 100 years since Brancusi, Picasso, Mattise and others showed their work in New York and rocked the art world with their revolutionary ideas.

"It's extraordinary," Kasmin says. "He seems as contemporary and modern now as he must have 100 years ago, so what better thing than to show him Chelsea, where people go to look at contemporary art and modern art?"

Also on the list is the Mary Boone gallery on 24th Street, which is showing larger-than-life sculptures by Brooklyn artist KAWS. If you missed his reimagination of the MTV Moonman at the VMAs, this is a chance to see his work up close and probably have another cool photo op.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

David Berhringer, The Two Percent: www.thetwopercent.com

David Zwirner Gallery
Yayoi Kusama
I Who Have Arrived In Heaven
November 8 - December 21
525 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
www.davidzwirner.com

Brancusi in NY
Now - January 11
515 West 27th Street
www.paulkasmingallery.com

KAWS
Now - December 21
541 West 25th Street
www.maryboonegallery.com

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