Restoration Hardware, the home furnishing company with more than 80 stores across the US, unveiled their new art platform, RH Contemporary Art last night in their impressive six-story, 28,000-square-foot space on West 16th Street.
Following the company’s recent rebrand as RH, RH Contemporary Art is the company’s new art division—a platform focused on commissioning new and emerging artists. As well as the physical gallery space, RH Contemporary Art also includes an interactive website, e-commerce platform, quarterly publication, documentaries, and a residency program.
Unlike the traditional consignment model adhered by most galleries, the company buys entire exhibitions directly from the artists in advance, with new works commissioned every six weeks. The very popular and much talked-about Rain Room by British collective rAndom International was the firm’s very first commission. Lent to MoMA during this summer, the piece drew in record numbers to the museum, not-to-mention record waiting times.
The inaugural show features the works of Nathan Baker, Toby Christian, Peter Demos, Samantha Thomas and Natasha Wheat. A series of beautiful artist documentaries captured by filmmaker Chris Brickler currently screens in the lower level galleries—a mesmerising insight into the worlds of these creative minds.
RH Contemporary Art
437 West 16th Street,
New York, NY 10011
Monday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.