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BEST Art Gallery

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»

2006 BEST Art Gallery, South

Sparrow House

Plymouth

The 17th and 21st centuries merge seamlessly in this part-museum, part-gallery that sits inside a Colonial-era landmark. Three times each season, Sparrow House holds free shows featuring American artists such as oil painter Marlee Brewster Brockmann and pastel artist Anne… read more»

2005 BEST Art Gallery

Gallery Naga

Boston

Arthur Dion’s eclectic, electric Gallery Naga has become an art lover’s Newbury Street staple. Set in a neo-Gothic stone church, the gallery showcases contemporary prints, paintings, photographs, and furniture by a mix of heavy-hitting New England talent, including artist Masako… read more»

2002 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery

Boston

The burgeoning SOWA (South of Washington) district is now a must-see destination, thanks in no small part to Bernie Toale. Toale’s gallery has been a showcase for everything from the sculpture of Roxy Paine to the intricate, layered drawings of… read more»

2001 BEST Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow

Boston

Known far and wide as Boston’s “mini MoMA,” the Krakow is Ground Zero for emerging contemporary art. The gallery’s owners consistently go out of their way to dig up new artists, adding a strong dose of local talent to the… read more»

2000 BEST Art Gallery

Childs Gallery

Boston

Since 1937 Childs has been a flagship of Boston’s fine art market. Specializing in pre-World War II American and European paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture, Childs is where you go to find treasures ranging in importance and price from a… read more»

1999 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery

Boston

The gallery moved last year from its swank Newbury Street location to a more intimate South End setting. Toale’s edginess is more than topographical however: He represents many of the city’s most promising younger artists, such as Ambreen Butt, David… read more»

1998 BEST Art Gallery

Bernard Toale

Boston

Toale wins this year not just for his keen eye but for his moxie. When all five gallery owners at 11 Newbury Street were forced to leave in April because of an outrageous rent hike, all but Toale went across… read more»

1997 BEST Art Gallery

MIT List Visual Arts Center

Cambridge

About every eight weeks, from September to June, the LVAC shows innovative, provocative contemporary work in all media by established and emerging artists, including the likes of Kiki Smith and Louise Borugeois. There are a total of three gallery spaces—more… read more»

1995 BEST Art Gallery, City

Nina Nielsen

Boston

Nielsen brings Boston the most painterly painters, including New York abstractionist John Walker. read more»