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New York is home to some of the most heralded galleries in the world, but visitors need not leave their lobby to get a little snobby. Big art resides in some of New York’s largest hotels (and some superswank boutique ones as well). The Surrey has regularly rotating art. Hotel in-house curator Natasha Schlesinger says: “The current Fashioning Art exhibit examines the way artists reflect upon beauty and fashion through their work. This engages the public and allows for us to be part of an exciting contemporary art conversation.” If you’re hankering for more 21st century samplings, look no further than The Roger Smith, which is dedicated to displaying all things modern art, as well as offering a Blooming Young Artist package that includes a guided tour of MoMA and private lessons with local artists. Similarly, The James’ #artatthejames program highlights a constantly changing kaleidoscope of local savants, while La Maison d’Art features a world-renowned sculpture garden and appointment-only private gallery. Not to be outdone, HGU’s Artists We Know series offers NSFW pieces for visitors who aren’t working anyway, while the Gramercy Park Hotel’s walls are festooned with Warhol, Enoc Perez and Damien Hirst. At this rate, room servicing a Renoir can’t be far behind.