RH(Restoration Hardware) Announces the Launch of RH Contemporary Art: A
Curated Multichannel Platform That Will Bring International Artists and
Their Work to a Global Audience
Platform Will Encompass Immersiveand Innovative Online Gallery Featuring
Original Artist Documentaries, an Art Journal Including Critical Writing and
an Art Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea Art District
CORTE MADERA, Calif. -- November 8, 2013
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 announcesthe opening of its
first art gallery,located withina six-floor,28,000-square-foot
buildingat437 West 16th Street in New York City’s Chelsea art district. The
gallery encompassesrecently renovated spacesdevoted to exhibitions and
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.
Designed by the multinational design agency HUGE, RH Contemporary Art’s online
gallery will offer an inspired and experiential way to learn about and acquire
artwork. The site will feature high-resolution imagery, navigation
capabilities to search by medium or artist and extensive original content,
including a series of artist documentaries produced by RH Contemporary Art.
Additionally, dedicated Artist Specialists will be available to assist viewers
with building their private collections, as well as with acquiring,
delivering, framing and installing artworks. This comprehensive offering will
be seamlessly supported by art logistics experts.
RH Contemporary Art has engaged a roster of acclaimed curators, critics and
artists to develop and write an Art Journal, which will address various
aspects of art and art-making from diverse literary and visual perspectives.
The journal will include informative profiles that reveal entry points into
the artists’ practices, as well as in-depth essays by noted art historians.
Designed to inspire a greater appreciation for the artists and their practice,
the journal will be richly illustrated with examples of their artwork, as well
as in-studio photography capturing the artists, their environments and working
methods. Printed in limited editions, the journal will also be accessible
online at www.rhcontemporaryart.com.
RH Contemporary Art’s first large-scale commercial gallery in New York City’s
Chelsea art district is intended to be the first of a series of galleries to
open in select U.S. cities. Designed to complement the online experience, RH
Contemporary Art galleries will provide viewers with the opportunity to
experience curated exhibitions in person across a variety of formats,
including building-wide solo features, a series of separate exhibitions and
multi-floor, multi-themed group shows.
The exhibition space will open with concurrent solo shows of newly
commissioned works by five emerging artists: Nathan Baker, Toby Christian,
Peter Demos, Samantha Thomas and Natasha Wheat. The five inaugural exhibitions
highlight their diverse artist practices, which incorporate elements of
painting, assemblage, digital arts, sculpture and performance. RH Contemporary
Art’s first artist-in-residence, Toby Christian, will create his works in
Brooklyn prior to the show. Accompanying the exhibitions, RH Contemporary
Art-produced original documentaries will be screened in the building’s lower
level video room, providing engaging insights into the practice of the
featured artists and RH Contemporary Art’s broader roster of collaborators.
The New York City gallery is located at 437 West 16^th Street in a six-story
industrial building constructed in 1920. The space also features a dedicated
video room in the building’s lower level. The gallery will be open six days a
week, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
About RH Contemporary Art
RH Contemporary Art, a division of RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.
NYSE:RH), is adynamic and immersive multichannel platform dedicatedto
bringing international artists and their work to a global audience. The
program encompasses a distinctive online gallery featuring a series of artist
documentaries, an art journal written by a roster of acclaimed curators,
critics, and artists and a gallery in New York City exhibiting works for sale.
RH Contemporary Art offers a new way to view, learn about and acquire artwork.
About Restoration Hardware
RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. - NYSE:RH) is a curator of design,
taste and style in the luxury lifestyle market. The Company offers collections
through its retail galleries, source books and online at RH.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the
federal securities laws, including statements relating to RH Contemporary
Art’s plans to open a second gallery in Los Angeles in 2014 and RH
Contemporary Art’s intention to open other galleries in select U.S. cities.
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