Cheim & Read was founded in 1997 by John Cheim and Howard Read. The gallery works with an international group of leading contemporary artists and estates, embracing diverse artistic practices, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. This group of artists has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries world-wide, and are regularly included in exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Carnegie International and Documenta.
Cheim & Read is known for monographic exhibitions, including comprehensive, museum-quality surveys of work by Joan Mitchell (Paintings from the Middle of the Last Century, 2018), Louise Bourgeois (Spiral, 2018), Lynda Benglis (2016), and Al Held (Black & White Paintings, 2016). The gallery is also acclaimed for organizing historically significant group exhibitions, including The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men, (2016), a show of women artists’ depictions of men, and The Horizontal, (2017), a survey of the horizon in abstract art ranging from 1937 to the present.
The gallery also concentrates on private sales in the secondary market. This work is informed by our depth of knowledge developed by decades of connoisseurship and our extensive archive, in particular with the artists Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois and Lynda Benglis. In addition, we are committed to developing special projects and commissions of major large-scale, site-specific work for public and private collections.
We participate in select art fairs, including Art Basel Miami Beach, curating presentations focused on recent and historically significant work. Cheim & Read maintains a downtown viewing space in Chelsea on 26th Street that is open by appointment.
Established in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1997, the gallery relocated to 23 East 67th Street in fall 2019.