MANHATTAN – From the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Frick Collection, the Upper East Side is adorned with a bounty of cultural institutions, and is both destination for art lovers and home to even more– now, acclaimed Soho gallerist Reco Sturgis is showcasing a meticulously curated collection of globally inspired art on Madison Avenue, as Hugo Fine Arts Galerie opens its second location.
“We felt that while the neighborhood offers an abundance of sites to view fine art, there were fewer opportunities to collect it,” Hugo Galerie founder Reco Sturgis told Upper East Site in an interview. “Personally, we can only take so much inspiration before needing to act on it!”
Specializing in international contemporary painting and sculpture, Hugo Galerie opened its original Soho location in 2017 to provide a showcase for artists from Europe after the passing of the owner of Axelle Galerie– where Sturgis was director– two years earlier.
As with its downtown sibling, in the new UES space at 755 Madison Avenue between East 65th and 66th Streets, the gallery says you’ll find its “refined exhibitions spark imagination and encourage reflection.”
Hugo Fine Arts Galerie’s new Upper East Side location joins a crowded field of more than a dozen art galleries along Madison Avenue– though many remain closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic– Sturgis says Hugo Madison is much more than just another place to view art.
“We feel the shows at both locations sustain a dialog that helps visitors and collectors understand not only our passion as a gallery, but also our artists’ passions as living visionaries.”
Whether you’re a long-time collector or a novice seeking a place to start, Sturgis says art lovers will find something that appeals to them at Hugo Galerie — from limited prints starting at $500 to original paintings and sculptures ranging from a couple thousand dollars up to six-figure price tags.