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547 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
212 242 7727
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 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.
Works Available By:
Diane Arbus 
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Donald Baechler
Lynda Benglis
Louise Bourgeois
William Eggleston
Louise Fishman
Ron Gorchov
Al Held
Jenny Holzer
Bill Jensen
Jannis Kounellis
Robert Mapplethorpe
Barry McGee
Joan Mitchell
Alice Neel
Jonathan Lasker
Marco Pariani
Jack Pierson
Serge Poliakoff
Man Ray
Milton Resnick
Sean Scully
Kimber Smith
Pat Steir
Juan Uslé
Andy Warhol
Matthew Wong

Past Exhibitions

Sean Scully

Sean Scully: Jack the Wolf

September 26, 2023 - November 4, 2023
Cheim & Read is pleased to present an exhibition of Sean Scully's drawings from Jack the Wolf, an extraordinary and deeply personal project that the artist made in colloboration with his son. This exhibition includes recent sculpture and paintings by the artist. It opens on September 26th and runs through November 4th.

Maureen Dougherty

Maureen Dougherty: Borrowed Time

July 11, 2023 - September 16, 2023
Cheim & Read is pleased to present new paintings by Maureen Dougherty.

Louise Fishman

Dear Louise: A Tribute To Louise Fishman (1939 – 2021)

May 18, 2023 - June 30, 2023
Cheim & Read is pleased to present a selection of works by Louise Fishman that span from 1979 to 2017. Image: Louise Fishman, To a Tree, 2004. Oil on linen. 49 x 33 in. Photo: Alex Yudzon. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York.

Peter Shear

Peter Shear: Following Sea

March 23, 2023 - May 13, 2023


Cumwizard69420: The Americans

January 12, 2023 - February 18, 2023
Cheim & Read is pleased to present Cumwizard69420: The Americans, at the gallery's Chelsea location, 547 West 25th Street, New York. The Americans is Cumwizard's first solo exhibition in New York. Cumwizard69420 describes himself on his personal website as a 'former economics and math student' who took his first and only art class, Intro to Drawing and Painting, before dropping out of college in 2019. After a stint as a food delivery driver, he started painting again in 2020 and has since created a remarkable body of boldly colored, fearlessly explicit paintings and watercolors. Drawing from the media multiverse of TV shows, movies, and the internet, Cumwizard casts a penetrating eye on the inflated egos and self-delusions raging through our celebrity-obsessed culture. And yet these images, which are often unnerving and frequently grotesque, are also generously human, laced with affection and humor. The name of the exhibition, The Americans, mirrors the title of the influential photography book by Robert Frank. The difference is that Frank shined a light on ordinary citizens, while Cumwizard's subjects are busy shining a light on themselves, creating a new kind of social landscape. Rather than appropriating such self-owns at face value, the artist transforms their imagery into the language of paint, layering them with personal themes and references to art history, the movies, and, as he told an interviewer on the website Insufficient Fare, 'things that make me laugh.'

Ron Gorchov

Rob Gorchov: The Last Paintings 2017-2020

September 14, 2021 - December 18, 2021
Cheim & Read is pleased to announce Ron Gorchov: The Last Paintings, 2017-2020, an exhibition of the works executed in the final four years of the artist’s life. It will be accompanied by a catalogue including a new essay by Barry Schwabsky. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Ron Gorchov passed away last year in Brooklyn on August 18, 2020, at the age of ninety. These paintings are the ultimate expression of his extraordinarily single-minded painterly vision. In the late 1960s, the artist invented a curved, saddle-like stretcher that creates a painting surface that is simultaneously convex and concave. The structure seems to “imbue the works with an altogether different energy, appearing as if to flex or spring away from the wall.” 1 While virtually all of the works contain the same basic elements, two abstract shapes that relate to one another within a colored field, “the distances the artist can travel within the self-imposed restrictions of his chosen format are wide and unpredictable.” 2 This structural invention is an important addition to the shaped paintings developed by a generation of postmodern artists during the late 1960s and early 1970s such as Elizabeth Murray and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. Cheim & Read inaugurated its Upper East Side venue at East 67th Street with Ron Gorchov: At the Cusp of the 80s, Paintings 1979–1983 in September 2018, which explored the artist’s expressive, lyrical works; this exhibition by contrast returns our focus to the core of the artist’s practice, which is more compositionally restrained. This exhibition is comprised of a group of intensely pigmented, vividly animated works that constitute Gorchov’s final testament. In his essay, “Lucky Painter,” Schwabsky reminds us that the shape of the painting’s support is not the only thing that individuates Gorchov’s art, and suggests that Gorchov’s acceptance of the accident lends the painting a mind of its own. “These passages are highly variegated, and serve as a record of the paint’s own adventures than the artist’s will.” In these dazzling works, we see the cumulative joy the act of painting brought Gorchov, and together, they demonstrate his lifelong dedication to his project. Looking at the canvases he completed in the last year of his life — Mocking Bird, Sir James Jeans, and July 4 — one is reminded of Titian, whose color and brushwork attained new heights of freedom while he, like Gorchov, was in his eighties. A memorial to celebrate the artist’s life will be held on Monday, October 4th at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. The service will start at 6:00 PM. We kindly ask that you RSVP here. Ron Gorchov, born 1930 in Chicago, studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago before earning his B.F.A. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1951. Gorchov’s first solo exhibition was held in 1960 at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, and after a brief hiatus from the art world, he completed the first of his “saddle” paintings in 1967. The artist went on to pursue this signature curved painting structure in countless variations for the next fifty years. His work was selected for the 1975 and 1977 Whitney Biennials, and he went on to be included in multiple exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum. Gorchov’s work has recently been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2014), the Centro Atlántico de Arte Modern, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2011), and MoMA PS1, New York (2006). Gorchov’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Cheim & Read, New York (2019, 2017, and 2012); Modern Art, London (2019); Maruani Mercier, Brussels (2019); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2018); Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz (2016). His paintings are held by major museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.