Fine Art Oasis on the Upper East Side

Fine Art Oasis on the Upper East Side

Pablo Picasso's "Le peintre et son modèle, 1963" (Courtesy Opera Gallery)


Art enthusiasts looking to add to their collections—and those wanting to purchase their first piece—can find what they seek at Opera Gallery.

One branch of a network of 12 art galleries around the world, the Opera Gallery in New York City opened in 2000 and is a highlight among the luxury shops along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side. Passersby can see colorful masterpieces in the inviting windows of this three-floor space, but those who step inside are in for the privilege of experiencing works from some of the greatest established and emerging artists from the U.S. and abroad. Every piece is exquisite in its own right and all are eager to become part of your permanent collection.

The art on display at Opera Gallery is changed up every few weeks, but its entire collection is always available to you. Pieces from Impressionist and Modern artists (including Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso), Post-War creators (Jean Dubuffet, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann, among others) as well as numerous Contemporary artists (Joe Black, Laurence Jenkell, Seo Young-Deok and more) can be found among Opera Gallery’s lineup. 

As Stephen Gross, Senior Art Advisor of the Opera Gallery Group, gave me a tour of the gallery, I was taken aback by the beauty and access of these masterful works. For every artist I knew (Magritte, Picasso, etc.) there were a handful of artists that were new to me, all whose works I aspire to have in my home someday. (See slideshow below for some of my favorite pieces.)

From October 21 through November 3, Opera Gallery will be exhibiting work from Andy Denzler, a Swiss artist known for his use of the Impasto technique (a thick application of paint that gives the work texture) and also the distortion of his work to create a more abstract style. Even his bronze sculptures juxtapose reality and abstraction with purposeful horizontal lines manipulating the life-like quality of his subjects. This exhibit, “Suspended Reality,” will feature dozens of Denzler’s works that evoke both motion and stillness—fractured portrayals of everyday actions, captured mid-moment.

In November, Opera Gallery will have an exhibit featuring monochrome works from such artists as Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Yves Klein and Umberto Mariani.

Opera Gallery is located at 791 Madison Ave (at East 67th Street) and is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-7 pm, as well as Sunday from 11 am-6 pm.

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