New York continues to be a leader of the art world, and its museums and galleries showcase works by some of the industry’s most inventive talents. If your tastes run toward the avant-garde, skip the lines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and opt instead for its celebrated annex, fresh off a much-publicized refurbishment last year. In lieu of a permanent collection, the Brutalist Met Breuer presents a roster of rotating modern exhibitions by artists such as Ettore Sottsass and Kerry James Marshall. Downtown, the New Museum reflects the grit and creativity of its Lower East Side neighborhood with a focus on lesser-known artists such as Chris Burden and William Kentridge. But if you’re looking for a sampling of contemporary styles and periods, with a focus on blue-chip works (think pieces by Jeff Koons and Cy Twombly), head to Chelsea to browse the exhibitions on view at prestigious galleries like Gagosian, David Zwirner, and Matthew Marks.