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by Charlotte Moss Published 01/04/2015

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Finding Inspiration in The City That Never Sleeps

If the architecture, the people and the atmosphere of New York isn't enough to inspire you on it's own (or if you just want to soak up a bit of culture on top of all the shopping) then plan to spend some time in a gallery or two. New York has hundreds of galleries catering to just about anything you could want to see. Look in advance to see if there is anything special happening in one of the smaller commercial galleries, but if you want a good failsafe you can't go wrong with one of the following for a day out when the weather isn't so great.

MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is truly the great temple of modern art in New York, possibly the entire United States. Its British equivilent is the Tate Modern in London (a bastion of mostly twentieth-century European art) so it's good to compare the two and see the different approaches taken by American and European artists. Despite the heavy American bias there are some beautiful European masterpieces on display. Two of Monet's late Water Lilies works can be seen as well as the seminal Picasso work Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. As well as two floors of sculpture and paintings there is a permanent gallery given over to the display of photography. MoMA is also one of the world's leading design collections and so extensively collects important photographic work. Expect the exhibitions in the design collection to be challenging with the photography on display often veering towards the abstract. Many photographers might also enjoy the Architecture and Design galleries on the same floor, which often include photography and other imaging technology as part of various thematic exhibitions. www.moma.org


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