Driscoll Babcock, New York’s oldest art gallery, was first established in Midtown Manhattan, but in 2012 it moved to Chelsea. The move was not surprising: Chelsea is where a lot of art galleries congregate today. Babcock with its 160 years of history is a bit of a dinosaur, but it is not at all outdated.
Having moved to a new location, the gallery has also expanded its portfolio. Now it represents international art as well as American. Babcock has become representative to a few more living artists. The move is tied to the owner’s new conception of the gallery: the works of contemporary artists hung next to the classics. Seeing together the recent works and possible influences make the viewer appreciate the continuity of the art narrative.
Driscoll Babcock is a great place to learn about the American art and explore the exhibited art works in all their complexity.