Feb 2019 Press Release: Announcing Range of New Tours in NYC, Chicago, DC, and Boston

NY, NY – FEBRUARY 12, 2019 – ART SMART, the premiere custom art tour experience company, introduces a range of engaging new tours for families, adults, and corporate groups.

ART SMART announces newly created:

  • Tech x Art tour at NYC galleries focusing on the intersection of art and technology. This experience, a favorite
    of corporate teams from tech companies, incorporates robots, digital art, and VR-inspired works of
    contemporary art.
  • Diversity – themed art tour experiences for corporate teams, expertly crafted to meet your team’s schedule and goals. 
  • Partnership with Match.com to host interactive networking events for singles in museums. Events feature
    games and ice-breakers that stimulate conversation and engage guests in radically new ways.
  • Secret Lives of Color Tour traces the discoveries and inventions of color. Highlights include lapis lazuli and YInMn
    blue, poisonous green pigments, lead white paint, and the fight between contemporary artists to access
    Singularity and Vantablack. Held at Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art and Art Institute of
  • Art tours at NYC, Boston, Chicago, and DC museums to prepare tourists for upcoming trips to Europe.
  • Expansion of “Feast Your Eyes,” an interdisciplinary, private tour that explores love of food in cultures
    throughout history. First created in NYC, this guided tour now explores our world’s culinary history by looking
    at the diverse collections at the Art Institute of Chicago and NGA in Washington, D.C. ART SMART’s art
    historian guides take guests on a food-inspired journey, leading discussions around works ranging from
    moving automaton cups for wine to Dutch still-life and pop art paintings.
  • NYC galleries tour featuring the hottest new private art collections in New York City. The tour includes a Basquiat
    exhibition at Brandt Foundation, the new Hill Foundation and Ford Foundation Gallery, and NY’s recently opened  new staircase landmark, The Vessel.

“These offerings are perfect for those who are curious about art yet want it to suit their own interests and lifestyle,” says ART SMART founder Judith Walsh, who has double master’s degrees in art history from Columbia University. “ART SMART aims to make it easy for people to connect with the world of art.” 


Since its founding in 2001, ART SMART has been recognized by leading press and the public as one of the premiere providers of custom art tours. They specialize in creating engaging personal art experiences for individuals, families, and corporate groups. For people who are curious about culture, ART SMART organizes innovative and entertaining art tours cater to the interests, schedule, and desires of their clients.

ART SMART currently provides private art tours in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

For all press inquiries, contact:

Judith Walsh




Skip the lines by joining ART SMART on a tour one of the most important survey showing the current state of contemporary art: The 2017 Whitney Biennial at the new Whitney Museum. The tour will provide the background of the artists and behind-the-scenes stories to not to be missed. The exhibition focuses on emerging and lesser known artists; as such its become a trailblazer that has started off important art careers. Ever heard of Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock or Jeff Koons? You can thank the Whitney Biennial for helping to bring them to prominence. In this 2017 Whitney Biennial, expect to see among the 63 participants:

  • Zarouhie Abdalian
  • Raúl de Nieves
  • Carrie Moyer
  • Dana Schutz
  • Larry Bell

Who’s in it, and who didn’t make the cut makes this exhibition one of the more controversial and debated events in contemporary art. Add onto that the tradition of being a lightning rod for hot topics.   The 2017 Biennial’s themes are those that are dividing Americans most these days. Ms. Locks, one of the co-curators, admitted, “When people keep talking about racism, when people keep talking about inequity, when people keep talking about debt — when conversations come around without you bringing it up — you realize: These are the ideas!” Along the way we’ll tour Aliza Nisenbaum’s work. She’s a Mexican-born artist that paints portraits of immigrants. The Biennial covers two floors and much of the new lobby. Our favorite section has a view of Larry Bell’s red squares with the NYC cityscape in the background on the new Whitney’s refreshing balconies.

Come tour the show with ART SMART to get more of the back story and explore afterwards the highlights of the Whitney Museum. We can add on a spring time tour of the High Line as well. We recommend you wrap up the tour outing with a stop Untitled, Whitney’s incredible restaurant.  Open March 17 – June 11


This new Costume Institute exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon and collection of Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century. The thematic show features about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting her haute couture gowns designed by others to create a personal nuanced expressions of her own aesthetic. As a muse to haute couture designers de Ribes had at her disposal their drapers, cutters, and fitters in acknowledgment of their esteem for her taste and originality.

De Ribes, who was supposed to attend a Met dinner celebrating the show has canceled her trip to New York given the recent events in Paris. In a statement released by the museum on Monday shares “Comtesse de Ribes also knows how much Americans share the deep sadness felt in France, which confirms the enduring bond between the two countries. She hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.”

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Top tour of the week: A client requested a Chelsea gallery tour showing “the best of” available in the gallery scene. We’re always happy to help people find some of New York City’s hidden gems. Art can be experienced in many different ways—on both large and small scales. The team here at ART SMART strives to keep up with the New York City gallery world, and we pass that knowledge and information on to you.

Here are some of our favorite Chelsea gallery exhibitions now in NYC. This list is perfect if you are wondering what to see in Chelsea galleries—Let us know if you’d love a private gallery tour.

Chelsea Gallery Exhibitions – What to See Now

David Zwirner Gallery on 20th Street: Dan Flavin

Paula Cooper on 21st Street: Christian Marclay

Metro Pictures Gallery on 24th Street: Trevor Paglen

Pace Gallery on 25th Street: Chuck Close

Yossi Milo Gallery at 245 10th Ave: Markus Brunetti

James Cohan Gallery on 26th Street: Elias Sime

If any of these Chelsea gallery options piques your interest, a guided art tour could be perfect for you. Experience some of New York City’s best art with the ART SMART team. Our knowledge and expertise can help take your art gallery viewing experience to a different level.

Chelsea gallery tours new york

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