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May 2024 kicked off with a series of exciting art events in New York City, starting with Frieze New York's opening on May 1. Sixty galleries are exhibiting at The Shed, a Hudson Yards building some would consider a design masterpience in its own right. The galleries span 25 countries all over the world, and it attracts a similarly international clientele.
The very next day, the Clio Art Fair (“Clio”) kicked off in the heart of West Chelsea’s world-famous gallery district. While Frieze New York attracts the creme de la creme of galleries and collectors, Clio focuses on independent artists without gallery representation on May 2-5. Further uptown, the Superfine Art Fair is taking place in Times Square on the same dates. Prices from $100 to $3,000 make this art more approachable than the other art fairs, and it is supplemented by live demonstrations and performance art.

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315 East 52nd Street
315 East 52nd Street Midtown East
Public School 9 Annex, 279 Sterling Place
Public School 9 Annex, 279 Sterling Place Prospect Heights
136 East 76th Street
136 East 76th Street Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
The Raleigh, 829 Park Avenue
The Raleigh, 829 Park Avenue Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
The Gramercy House, 235 East 22nd Street
The Gramercy House, 235 East 22nd Street Gramercy Park
Art lovers from all over the world come to the city specifically for these events, but between prestigious auction houses, hip galleries, and art fairs taking place all over the city, New York is an art-lover’s paradise at any time. However, the logistics and realities of displaying a treasured piece in an apartment can have a way of dimming the afterglow of a successful find.

This article explains everything casual collectors and serious art connoisseurs need to know about hanging art in their apartments. Additionally, we take a look at listings with walls expansive enough to proudly display an art collection.

Casual Collectors

One of the biggest challenges for renters is how to hang pictures without putting holes in the walls or otherwise causing damage that would put a security deposit at risk. Owners might have more leeway with putting holes in the walls to hang a painting, but this will nevertheless be something that buyers notice when it’s time to sell.

This is not to say that New Yorkers are doomed to blank walls. Adhesive hangers are a renter’s best friend – they can hold a good portion of weight and come off the wall without leaving residue behind. Masking tape, sticky putty, and washi tape can also be used to hang simple posters (and serve as an imaginative frame in the case of washi tape), but residents should be mindful of how cleanly these materials can be removed (e.g., that they won’t pull up paint or leave residue behind).
Whatever hangers you decide on, pay attention to the weight limits listed on the directions. Not only could this result in damage to a too-heavy piece, but it could also damage the walls and the floor, leading to more damage than a little hole in the wall.

It is also worth noting that walls are not the only place to display art. Lifestyle blogs suggest that if you have the square footage for it, using an easel to display a piece of art would turn into the focal point of a room. Additionally, if you have a decorative fireplace, the mantle serves as a natural frame.

Serious Collectors

Before the 847-foot-tall Sutton Tower took shape, a nearly 1,000-foot-tall tower designed by Foster + Partners was rumored. Upon hearing the news, an art collector living in The Sovereign, a nearby cooperative, lamented that it would block out the light that illuminates one of her Picassos.

It reads almost as a parody of wealthy New Yorkers, but lighting does need to be taken into account where a high-quality art collection is concerned. It has a significant influence on where to hang a work of art for the best effect during the day. But when the sun goes down, the right lighting can make or break a painting. Some opt for picture lights that attach to the frame; others, however, opt to install track lighting or recessed lights to illuminate a series of works, if they have not expressly bought an apartment with this feature. Whatever lighting you choose, LED bulbs are less damaging to art than UV bulbs or halogen lights.
The potential for UV ray damage means art should be kept out of direct sunlight – note the placement of this art collection in a Union Square loft. This is easier said than done with the city’s new crop of all-glass buildings, but the right frames can protect the art from damage. This can mean thinking beyond frames purchased at Target or the nearest art supply store and sending the piece to a professional with museum glass and Plexiglass at their disposal.
Light is not the only way a work of art can be damaged; temperature extremes can also be highly detrimental to valuable art. Indoor temperatures should be kept within a 20-degree Fahrenheit range to avoid damage, and museum standard temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where central heating and air conditioning, if not smart thermostats, can come in handy.

This is enough for some art collectors, but others are prepared to take this further by using humidifiers in winter and air conditioning in summer to keep humidity levels at the stable environment of 40-60% relative humidity that is best for artwork. To further keep humidity damage at bay, hang your pictures away from water pipes, heaters, and heating and cooling vents. They should also be hung away from windows, the better to avoid damage from sudden downpours.

Listings for Art Lovers

The Beaux Art, #4C (Corcoran Group)

Park Avenue Court, #R20J (Compass)

50 Sutton Place South, #9L (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Gramercy House, #4L (Sothebys International Realty)

405 West 21st Street, #4F (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty)

924 Lafayette Avenue, #2 (Serhant LLC)
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785 Park Avenue, #4C (Sothebys International Realty)

167 East 67th Street, #20D (Keller Williams NYC)

20 Sutton Place South, #8C (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

129 East 69th Street, #5C (Compass)

The Woodbury, #2E (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

M127, #2A (Compass)

Museum Tower, #37E (Christies International Real Estate Group LLC)

315 East 52nd Street, #DUPLEX (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

181 Jackson Street, #PH (Serhant LLC)

Turtle Bay Towers, #20EF (Sothebys International Realty)

700 Park Avenue, #10C (Stephen P Wald Real Estate Associates Inc)

The Raleigh, #MAISC (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

136 East 76th Street, #6B (Compass)

Public School 9 Annex, #4A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

25 Beekman Place, #4 (Sothebys International Realty)

The 74, #10B (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Fifteen Hudson Yards, #35D (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

Selene, #6C (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

180 East 88th Street, #44 (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

53 West 53, #51A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Selene, #10A (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

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