Best Art Gallery in Boston

2015 Best Art Gallery

Gallery Kayafas


Owner Arlette Kayafas’s gallery represents a broad cross-section of Boston art. There are works from established local icons—Jules Aarons’s photos of the old West End, First Night founder Clara Wainwright’s…Read More

2014 Best Art Gallery

Steven Zevitas Gallery


The best galleries have a knack for spotting cool things early. In recent years, the Harrison Avenue space featured Andrew Masullo’s cartoony paintings before he appeared in the Whitney Biennial…Read More

2013 Best Art Gallery

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…Read More

2012 Best Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow Gallery


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,…Read More

2011 Best Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow Gallery


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…Read More

2010 Best Art Gallery

Lanoue Fine Art


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…Read More

2006 Best Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


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…Read More

2005 Best Art Gallery

Gallery Naga


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…Read More

2002 Best Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


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…Read More

2001 Best Art Gallery

Barbara Krakow


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…Read More

2000 Best Art Gallery

Childs Gallery


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…Read More

1999 Best Art Gallery

Bernard Toale Gallery


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…Read More

1998 Best Art Gallery

Bernard Toale


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…Read More

1997 Best Art Gallery

MIT List Visual Arts Center


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…Read More

1982 Best Art Gallery

Clark Gallery


Particularly effective in getting people to notice and buy local work…Read More

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