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BEST Art Gallery

2013 BEST Art Gallery
Photo by Jesse Burke

LaMontagne Gallery

South Boston

The new South Boston, recently referred to as “SoBo” by the New York Times, may eventually earn such a sobriquet around town thanks to relative upstarts like LaMontagne Gallery. Since 2007 the gallery has introduced a wide range of contemporary… read more»

2013 BEST Art Gallery, Photography

Gallery Kayafas

Boston

Unsettling, luscious, provocative—fine-art photography should be all of these things. Gallery Kayafas, a loftlike space in SoWa, showcases work of precisely this sort, with a majority of artists having local ties. All credit goes to the owner, Arlette Kayafas, who… read more»

2012 BEST Art Gallery
Photography by Bob O'Connor

Barbara Krakow Gallery

Boston

When the MFA has an Alex Katz retro-spective, this Newbury Street gallery has the clout to run its own Katz portraiture show at the same time. Bold, courageous, and experimental, Krakow has brought Boston the finest contemporary works in every… read more»

2012 BEST Art Gallery, Photography
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Robert Klein Gallery

Boston

Few Boston galleries can claim to have an international following, but this small fourth-floor boutique on Newbury Street is a big-league player. When Robert Klein founded his gallery more than 30 years ago, he was one of the first to… read more»

2011 BEST Art Gallery, West

Clark Gallery

Lincoln

Since taking over in 2008, photographer Dana Salvo and artist Dawn Southworth have continued this gallery’s effort to present contemporary works through intriguingly themed shows such as “Head On,” an eclectic collection of portraits. Tapping an extensive network of living… read more»

2011 BEST Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow Gallery

Boston

Buckminster Fuller architectural prints. Richard Serra silkscreens. Works by Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, Tara Donovan, and Ellsworth Kelly. Over the past 12 months, all have graced Barbara Krakow’s stark white walls. That caliber of contemporary and modern art would be… read more»

2011 BEST Art Gallery, Photography

Robert Klein Gallery

Boston

Since 1980, owner Robert Klein has been quietly amassing fine-art photography and selling to major collectors. He carries work by the likes of Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston, as well as contemporary pieces, all skillfully curated by a… read more»

2010 BEST Art Gallery
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Lanoue Fine Art

Boston

Local masterpiece-mongers tend to deal in one of two extremes: jejune still-lifes geared to designers who spruce up Back Bay sunrooms, or sprawling esoterica that cause poseurs to start lusting for home-display space. Hewing a noble path between pear paintings… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery, North

Alpers Fine Art

Andover

Owner Peter Alpers of six-year-old Alpers Fine Art sells paintings on a variety of backdrops (canvas, wood, Plexiglas) by an impressive stable of established artists (Ellen Granter, C. J. Phu) and isn’t afraid to take chances on new talent. He… read more»

2006 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery

Boston

Veteran art dealer Bernard Toale, formerly based in the Back Bay, relocated to Harrison Avenue back when SoWa was just a gleam in ambitious real estate agents eyes. Today he stands as one of the pioneers of the neighborhood’s thriving… read more»