5 Art exhibitions to see in NYC this Summer

Don’t miss these.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jul 19, 2022

It’s summer in NYC, and what better way to avoid the blistering heat then entering into an air-conditioned museum or gallery space and look at some art. Well, of course, it’s more about the art than it is about the weather.


Here are 5 exciting exhibitions to catch in the city before the end of summer rolls around.


Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure

At the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea

The fact that Basquiat‘s family, along with renowned architect David Adjaye and design firm Pentagram, organized and curated this significant exhibition at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea gives it an edge over many other exhibitions about the famed artist. They have painstakingly displayed both Basquiat’s intimate side as well as his artistic genius.


Barbara Kruger

At David Zwirner in Chelsea (3 locations)

9 enormous video works and installations, as well as sound installations and vinyl wallpaper, will be featured in 3 David Zwirner galleries (519, 525, and 533) as part of a showcase of the Barbara Kruger’s work. This is the first time that Kruger is presenting work with David Zwirner, so visitors can expect artworks from her wide spanning career. Kruger’s iconic works and bold visual language has mesmerized viewers for decades and this new showcase is sure to do the same.


William Klein: YES 

At ICP in the Lower East Side

Klein was a multidisciplinary artist who is best known for his street or fashion photography. Up through September 12, ICP will host a sizable retrospective of William Klein’s work encompassing almost 300 pieces from his extensive and boundary-pushing six-decade career, including pictures, paintings, videos, photo books, and other media. It’s the first of its sort in the country in a very long time. The exhibit will examine his life and career through a timeline that demonstrates his artistic growth through photographic studies of New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, and Paris.


The Whitney Biennial

At The Whitney

The 80th edition of the historic Whitney Biennial, which was originally scheduled to begin in 2021, brings together 63 artists and collectives to produce an exhibition that has been described as “dynamic” and “timely.” This is the kind of exhibition that you absolutely cannot miss.


Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene

At Guggenheim

Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triagulene is the pioneering contemporary Chilean artist, poet, activist, and filmmaker’s first solo exhibition in a New York museum (b. 1948, Santiago). This exhibition will highlight the breadth of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary practice, showcasing her artistic output from the late 1960’s to the present. It will include works on paper, textiles, paintings, films, a site-specific Quipu (Knot) installation, and a one-time performance of a “living” Quipu, as well as new paintings made especially for the occasion of this exhibition.


Since it’s summer, don’t miss out on the remaining music festivals.