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23 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
By Appointment
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. The gallery works directly with some of the world's most important artists, foundations, and estates, including Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Ron Gorchov, Jack Pierson, Serge Poliakoff, and Sean Scully.

Established in Chelsea, Cheim & Read opened on West 23rd Street with an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer in February 1997. In 2001, it moved to a new gallery designed by Richard Gluckman at 547 West 25th Street, where the gallery mounted monographic exhibitions of Joan Mitchell (2018), Sean Scully (2017), Lynda Benglis (2016), 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, the gallery relocated to the Upper East Side, and opened a space designed by Toshihiro Oki at 23 East 67th Street with an exhibition of historical paintings by Ron Gorchov (2019). Cheim & Read's new program will examine key periods in artists’ oeuvres. Through relationships developed over nearly forty years in the contemporary art world, Cheim & Read creates this programming outside of the exclusive representation model.

In addition, the gallery deals in private sales 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. The gallery has also exhibited and placed historically-significant works by Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Chaim Soutine, and Cy Twombly.

The gallery facilitates museum exhibitions, special projects, and commissions of large-scale, site-specific sculpture for both public and private collections. The gallery participates in select international art fairs, including Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.
Artists Represented:
Donald Baechler
Lynda Benglis
Louise Bourgeois
Adam Fuss
Ron Gorchov
Chantal Joffe
Barry McGee
Jonathan Lasker
Jack Pierson
Serge Poliakoff
Milton Resnick
Sean Scully
Kimber Smith
Juan Uslé
Works Available By:
Diane Arbus
Jean-Michel Basquiat
William Eggleston
Louise Fishman
Adam Fuss
Al Held
Jenny Holzer
Bill Jensen
Jannis Kounellis
Robert Mapplethorpe
Joan Mitchell
Alice Neel
Tal R
Man Ray
Pat Steir
Andy Warhol

Online Programming

Past Exhibitions

Marco Pariani

February 19, 2021 - March 27, 2021

Kimber Smith

Paintings 1965-1980

March 5, 2020 - September 4, 2020
Cheim & Read presents Kimber Smith, Paintings: 1967 – 1980, the gallery’s first exhibition with the artist, and his first exhibition in the US since 2011. Kimber Smith (USA; born 1922 Boston, MA; died 1981 Southampton, NY) had his first exhibition at The New Gallery, New York, in 1951, where his work was paired with Joan Mitchell’s; the same gallery gave him his first solo only three years later. In 1954, Smith decamped to Paris where he lived and worked in an expatriate community of American painters who included Mitchell, Sam Francis, and Shirley Jaffe. A retrospective exhibition was held at Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2004), which traveled to the Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany (2004-2005). Smith’s effortless style anticipates the work of influential artists such as Mary Heilmann, Richard Aldrich, and Joe Bradley. For additional information, please contact Stephen Truax,

Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Ron Gorchov, Al Held, Jenny Holzer, Bill Jensen, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Serge Poliakoff, Sean Scully

In Honor of the New MoMA

November 21, 2019 - February 29, 2020
In October 2019, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, reopened its doors after a significant renovation that included a complete overhaul to the presentation of its permanent collection. In an attempt to recontextualize art-historically important works with recent and previously overlooked art, the museum transformed how their collection had been conceived. The museum also features artists who have not received their due attention with a particular focus on women artists. One such example is the juxtaposing of collection highlights, such as early Picasso works with Louise Bourgeois’s seminal personage, "Quarantania, I."   On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Cheim & Read will present In Honor of the New MoMA. This gathering of work will include artists currently on view at the museum, or whose work is significantly represented in the museum’s collection, and with whom the gallery has had a long association, including Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Ron Gorchov, Al Held, Jenny Holzer, Bill Jensen, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Serge Poliakoff and Sean Scully.

Louise Bourgeois


November 1, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Joan Mitchell

Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 1953–1962

September 6, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Laurel Sparks, Lily Stockman, Richard Tinkler

All Over the Moon, curated by Jack Pierson

July 12, 2018 - August 30, 2018

Al Held

Paris to New York 1952–1959

May 17, 2018 - July 6, 2018

Ghada Amer

April 5, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Milton Resnick

Boards, 1981–1984

February 22, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Barry McGee

January 4, 2018 - February 17, 2018