New York Gallery Tours was founded in 2002 by Rafael Risemberg, Ph.D. Prior to beginning this venture, he spent sixteen years as a college professor of art history and three years as an art critic for New York Blade. He now utilizes all of his vast knowledge and passion for the art scene to give amazing tours of galleries around New York City.
New York City has undeniably become a major art Mecca, boasting over 600 galleries. Tours are offered in several neighborhoods, each with its own unique art scene: Upper East Side, Chelsea, SoHo, Lower East Side, and even Brooklyn. Partaking in a weekly scheduled tour means that you will get a chance to be lead by an expert through one of the most fascinating exhibits happening that week in NYC, for a very reasonable price. Scheduled group tours will cost between $15-$25 per person. According to Risemberg, the going rate for comparable experiences is generally closer to $40-$60.
But do not think that because you are going through a tour as a group, that you will feel deprived of a personalized experience. Founder Rafael Risemberg will be sure to dedicate time and energy to each and every group member, ensuring individualized attention, which has helped him to cultivate a community of dedicated clients.
As he explains, “Unlike other gallery tour directors, my clientele tends to be people who live in the New York City area (the 5 boroughs, New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island). Though of course I welcome tourists on all my tours, and they make up around 10 – 15% of my clientele, tourists tend to be one-time clients, and I really enjoy cultivating ongoing relationships with people who want to be on top of the ever-changing art scene and want to develop a more insightful and global understanding of the contemporary art world. “