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Monica Valley, a contemporary art expert and Context Travel docent, offered recommendations for the best shows to catch in Chelsea's dynamic gallery scene this spring: David Hockney, Pace Gallery “Something New in Painting—and Photography—and Printing Even” Fresh off of a major retrospective at the Met, the ever-inventive 80-year-old David Hockney—Britain’s most famous living artist, who still paints every day—will also show new works using photography and printmaking. Through May 12. Cy Twombly, Gagosian (W 21st St, Madison Ave) "In Beauty it is Finished" Lyrical, beautiful, cerebral. The space is enormous, plenty of room for Twombly’s “drawings” in paint to dazzle you with their wit and gorgeousness. Gagosian continues this show at their upper East Side location (Madison at 78th Street). Twombly was an American expat in Rome, so finish off the experience with coffee and gelato at nearby St. Ambreus. Jeff Koons, Gagosian (W 24th St) "Easyfun-Ethereal" In a pairing that is definitely Gagosian, their 24th Street space is showing paintings by Jeff Koons! From his Easyfun-Ethereal series, these paintings explore kitsch and American culture. Closes April 21, get your selfies now! Laure Prouvost, Lisson Gallery (10th Ave) Want to travel for spring break? Explore the nooks, crannies, (and undersides of desks) in this journey through Laure Prouvost’s mind and memories in her multimedia installation at Lisson Gallery. Begin your “trip” at the travel agent’s desk. Through April 24. John Mellencamp, ACA Galleries “John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love and Freedom” Uh-huh, he can paint too, apparently: at the newly renovated ACA Galleries. Opens April 26, through June 2.
I have used Context Travel all around the world and I highly recommend them. Their Art Galleries of Chelsea is worth checking out. I'm happy to book this experience as part of a weekend in New York City.