Top 4 Art Museums in New York

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You are going to discover the top four art
museums in New York in this brief summary, starting out with The Met, our nation’s best
art museum. Then we will bring you inside the Frick, a
small private art museum with nothing but masterpieces. Then we will move along to the Museum of Modern
Art, take you out in the sculpture garden, and bring you to Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry
Night” and many other famous modern paintings. Finally, heading down to lower Manhattan to
see the new Whitney, with a superb modern and contemporary collection. Starting out with The Met, we will work our
way down south along Fifth Avenue to the Frick, down to the MoMA and lower Manhattan, the
Whitney. The grand façade of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art is along Fifth Avenue between 80th St. and 84th St. The Museum is four blocks
long, extending for 300 meters, one of the world’s largest art museums. It’s got 2,000,000 square feet and 2 million
works of art, so it would take quite a while to see everything. Try and come back a couple of times. Most people start in the Great Hall, which
is a wonderful first impression, where you buy your tickets. You can check your bags. It leads to classical sculpture on one side,
Egyptian on the other and medieval in the back. Impressionism is always a favorite – loving
Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, and much more. The Met has one of the largest collections
in the world, so you might want to head there first while you’re fresh, through the gallery
with some Rodin statues, featuring some of his most famous bronze and marble works, including
Balzac. Altogether, the museum has 50 statues by that
French master, including The Thinker, Hand of God, and the Tempest. The history of Impressionism begins in Paris
in 1874 when the first exhibit was held, and that’s about the same time that The Met was
beginning to form its collection. The museum opened at this location in 1880
and has been expanding ever since. The museum gets over 7 million annual visitors,
which makes it the second most popular art museum in the world, just behind the Louvre. If you are not one of those people fortunate
enough to visit the museum you can see the collection on their website. They have a phenomenal service available to
you with 400,000 works of art available for free, for digital download, and these are
public domain. Just go to their website. It’s metmuseum.org/art/collection and you
will find the works there. You can easily search and enjoy your favorites. According to the museums website, “you are
welcome to use images of artwork in the public domain for any purpose, including commercial
and noncommercial use, free of charge without requiring any permission from the museum”. At the end of this video will present you
a three-minute slideshow with dozens of more beautiful paintings, stick around. The collection is vast, covering all major
styles of art for thousands of years. A Spanish courtyard was shipped over from
Europe and reassembled in this quiet space, just next to the Great Hall. From the second floor there’s a nice view
looking down into that front lobby. You can also look down into the medieval weapons
gallery, famous for its band of knights on horseback, all covered in armor. This courtyard, with its wonderful steel and
glass canopy, gives the feeling of being outdoors while you’re inside, connecting to the American
collection, with cafes in the middle. They have five paintings by Vermeer. For many the Egyptian collection will be a
major highlight. There are some paintings, there is a lot of
jewelry, there are statues, of course, sarcophagi, and mummies – all sorts of items that illustrate
the religion of the Egyptians and the daily life. The rooms housing the Egyptian collection
on the ground floor of the north wing contain a documentary as well as an artistic record,
of the ancient culture of the Nile Valley from prehistoric times to the introduction
of Christianity. Tombs of nobles and figures of gods, in which
the religion and metaphysics of Egypt find expression, are surrounded by painted bas-reliefs,
wooden funerary models, alabaster renderings, household and farm implements, small bronze
statues of cat gods, and murals illustrating the life of the common people. But the main attraction is the Temple of Dendur. It’s the only ancient Egyptian temple in North
America and it is housed in this spectacular glass gallery. It was donated to America by Egypt in 1968
in appreciation for our help with the rescue of sites affected by construction of the Aswan
Dam. The medieval galleries take you back to the
Middle Ages, almost as if you’d entered an ancient Cathedral, surrounded by Gothic statues
and paintings and fabrics and textiles from the era. Contrast that with the contemporary art of
David Hockney. It was a special exhibit that was on when
we were there. You won’t find it now, but here’s a visual
summary of all the wonderful paintings and video installations by that great living artist,
David Hockney. You see The Met collection spans history from
5000 years ago, right up until tomorrow. Although now in his 80s, Hockney is so innovative
he is creating paintings on an iPad that you can see being created in this video display. At the same time, The Met was putting on a
blockbuster exhibit of works by Michelangelo, including his sculpture of the young archer
and many, many drawings by that greatest of all Renaissance artists. The Met assembled works from 50 different
collections to put together this amazing exhibit. It will be gone now by the time you’re watching
the show, but at least we give you a visual summary of what was once there. And there are always other special exhibits,
amazing displays, happening at The Met every day. The collection of classical sculpture features
great works from ancient Greece and Rome. The Met has been ranked the best art Museum
in the world for the last three years by the readers of Trip Advisor who are an experienced
group of people. They list The Met as their number one destination
in New York. Continuing 10 blocks south along Fifth Avenue
we reach the Frick Collection at E. 70th Street, a much smaller art museum in a former mansion,
built for Henry Clay Frick. The indoor Garden Court is the spectacular
centerpiece of this small museum, with the art galleries all around it, designed in a
way to respect the original mansion and give you the feeling that you are visiting as a
guest in a palatial house rather than a museum. Officially called The Frick Collection, it’s
one of the world’s finest small art museums with a high quality collection of old master
paintings and fine furniture. There are so many masterpieces you’ll want
to take your time and spend at least a couple of hours here, located in an upscale residential
community that has friendly neighborhood feeling to it. We’re on Fifth Avenue facing Central Park,
so you might want to cross the street and take a little stroll through the garden if
you like, or just walk on down the avenue. In our case we’ re going to hop on the city
bus traveling down to 53rd St. to visit yet another art museum. The Museum of Modern Art, also called MoMA,
is America’s premier exhibition space for modern and contemporary art, founded largely
by the Rockefeller family. It opened in this location in 1939, and it’s
been growing larger ever since. In 1983 It doubled in size. And then in 1997, it doubled again. A recent expansion by famous architect Jean
Nouvelle adds another 25% to its exhibit area, along with cafes and a gourmet restaurant. Starry Nights by van Gogh is one of the favorite
paintings, along with many more. Throughout all of the building expansions
and construction, the museum has managed to hold onto the open space of its outdoor sculpture
garden, a place to relax and gather your thoughts after being surrounded by what many consider
is the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world. Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Mondrian, Rousseaux,
van Gogh, Pollock, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Gauguin and Cézanne, Dali. From The Modern we’ re heading to lower Manhattan
for our final museum, the Whitney, located at the beginning of the High Line. Its new building, designed by Renzo Piano,
opened in 2015. The collection includes over 600 works by
some 400 artists, along with regular special exhibits. There are four different outdoor observation
decks, which is a lovely feature gives – you a fantastic view looking out in all directions,
at Greenwich Village, The Meatpacking District, over to the river, up the High Line, which
we showed you in great detail in our Chelsea movie that you can find in our New York collection. After that nice outdoor break you’ll be ready
to plunge back into the galleries, which contain some pieces from the regular collection and
also many special exhibits. What you’re seeing in the video now might
not be there when you visit, but there are certain to be stimulating and provocative
items that will tickle your artistic sensibilities. You can see many of the previous exhibits
on the Whitney’s website, which has a very extensive presentation of the permanent collection,
and a listing of the special exhibits going back to 2006. As promised earlier we’ re closing with a
slideshow of some highlights from the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a little music video for
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14 comments

  1. I went to Amsterdam and was in the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and hear from other Americans “Where’s Starry Night”. They were from NYC lol

  2. one thing I don't like about the art museums in New York is that they're not free like the art museums here in DC

  3. Thanks , im planning an art tour of New York, but the Guggenheim is on my list, to, why didn't yoy include it?

  4. I'm glad to meet you again, Mr. Callan. You made me happy first when I discovered the charming back streets in Venice you showed. And now here I am enjoying another of your fine videos. Thank you very much !

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