Cheim & Read

Established: 1997

Founded in 1997 by John Cheim and Howard Read, Cheim & Read is a contemporary art gallery in New York that presents both recent and historically significant artworks in museum-quality exhibitions. We work directly with some of the world’s most important artists, foundations, and estates, including Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Ron Gorchov, Matthew Wong, and Sean Scully.

Cheim & Read first opened with an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer in February 1997 in Chelsea on West 23rd Street. In 2001, we moved to a new gallery at 547 West 25th Street, designed by Richard Gluckman, where we mounted monographic exhibitions of Matthew Wong (2021), Lynda Benglis (2020), Joan Mitchell (2018), Sean Scully (2017), and Al Held (2016), among others. These exhibitions were complemented by a generous independent publication program that created over 90 exhibition catalogues. In the fall of 2019, we opened at 23 East 67th Street on the Upper East Side, designed by Toshihiro Oki, with an exhibition of historical paintings by Ron Gorchov (2019).

In addition, we deal in private sales of art on the secondary market. This work is informed by decades of connoisseurship and an extensive archive built from working directly with Joan Mitchell, Al Held, Alice Neel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol. We have also exhibited and placed historically significant works by Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Chaim Soutine, and Cy Twombly.

Current Exhibitions


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