RH Contemporary Art, a dynamic and immersive multichannel platform by RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. - NYSE:RH), will unveil the elements of its comprehensive program on November 9, which together will offer a new way to view, learn about, and acquire artwork, and announces the opening of its first art gallery, located within a six-floor, 28,000-square-foot building at 437 West 16th Street in New York City’s Chelsea art district. The gallery encompasses recently renovated spaces devoted to exhibitions and programming.
Dedicated to bringing international artists and their work to a global audience, RH Contemporary Art enlists a worldwide team of recognized curators and commissions full bodies of work, enabling artists to explore new directions with their practice. Along with the premiere gallery space opening in Chelsea, RH Contemporary Art will include an online gallery featuring original content and a series of artist documentaries produced by RH Contemporary Art, as well as an art journal, which will be written by a roster of acclaimed curators, critics and artists. RH Contemporary Art plans to open a second RH Contemporary Art gallery space in Los Angeles in 2014. RH Contemporary Art will also include an ongoing artist-in-residence program, an integral component of the platform’s goal to support international artists and new directions for their practice.
Gary Friedman, RH Chairman, Creator, Curator and Co-CEO commented, "We are thrilled to be unveiling RH Contemporary Art, which includes our first free standing art gallery in New York City, a comprehensive art journal, and innovative online experience featuring the works of artists from around the world." Mr. Friedman continued, "We would like to thank our team and inaugural artists, especially the team from Random International, creators of the Rain Room who have contributed to bringing this new platform to life."
RH Contemporary Art is informed by the expertise of its global curatorial team, a select group of 15 diverse art world leaders. Recommended artists are then vetted by RH Contemporary Art through a selection process that includes research, review and studio visits. RH Contemporary Art is currently working with international artists, including Öystein Aasan, Nathan Baker, Brice Bischoff, Toby Christian, Peter Demos, Jason Gringler, Barney Kulok, Tom Owen, Random International, Jonathan Runcio, Chris Succo, Shaan Syed, Samantha Thomas and Natasha Wheat.