Like most creative and competitive industries in NYC, "The Art World" (capitol T, capitol A, capitol W) can be intimidating. But we're never ones to shy away from the inner circle. Instead, we got up close and personal with 11 of New York's most talented artists right before their big show at the Brooklyn Museum, and the annual celebratory gala this Wednesday. From sculpture to street art to paintings, these works of art not only invoke the muse, they are the muse.
Click through to get to know 11 of New York's coolest artists.