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Related Companies announces opening of "High Line Nine," West Chelsea’s newest gallery spaces

Full-service and highly amenitized exhibition spaces are located beneath the High Line and adjacent to 520 West 28th, Zaha Hadid’s first residential development in New York City.

Related Companies today announced the opening of "High Line Nine," West Chelsea’s most anticipated new gallery spaces. Located beneath the High Line and adjacent to Zaha Hadid’s first residential development in New York City, 520 West 28th Street, High Line Nine brings emerging A-list talent to New York City’s cultural coast. Spotlighting a unique collection of gallerists in a dynamic, experimental, industry-leading format, studioMDA—an international architecture firm founded by Markus Dochantschi—brings gallery spaces within High Line Nine that range from 650 square feet to 1,800 square feet.

The acclaimed Kasmin premieres as an anchoring gallerist with a 5,000 square foot space, also built by studioMDA, outfitted with a programmable landscaped rooftop sculpture garden and connected to an additional gallery within High Line Nine. Joining Kasmin within High Line Nine will be Chelsea’s own Leila Heller Gallery and Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York and San Francisco-based Burning in Water, New York’s ZieherSmith, Miami’s Valli Art Gallery and fine art foundry and fabrication studio Polich Tallix.

High Line Nine will also feature il Piccolo Ristoro, a café and wine bar serving authentic Italian caffé, paninis, gelato and freshly made pastries, operated by one of the founders of Via Quadronno. "The new High Line Nine project is an innovative addition to the changing art world and meets the needs of the current times. It is similar to a permanent art fair, allowing easy access and visibility and the opportunity to see several leading art dealers with varying inventory under one roof, in the heart of Chelsea, surrounded by great restaurants and hotels. This is a wonderful new addition to the New York art scene,” said Hollis Taggart, founder of Hollis Taggart Gallery.

Referencing concepts similar to those overseas such as Condo London, a co-op exchange program, High Line Nine is responding to an analogous market need. Earl Bateman, licensed real estate broker and long-time partner committed to real estate representation for the arts, diligently worked alongside Related to create a package offering all-inclusive amenities, providing gallerists a turnkey solution for their spaces unlike any format in the contemporary New York landscape. More than a lease, each High Line Nine Membership encompasses a multitude of benefits incorporating various costs associated with leasing into one monthly fee.

Members will have hassle-free access to their fully built-out galleries with an economical approach to onsite amenities including collective PR, advertising and events, access to a full-service catering kitchen, cleaning of common areas, rubbish removal, security, maintenance, WiFi and utilities. Gallerists can even remotely monitor their spaces via an app for their security cameras. With this industry leading format, High Line Nine streamlines the process of acquiring and managing a space so it is seamless and simple.

Greg Gushee, Related executive vice president and key player in the project’s conceptualization, said, “The development of the High Line Nine is part of Related Companies’ ongoing commitment to preserve and enhance the cultural character of West Chelsea and further expand the art and cultural neighborhood coming to life at Hudson Yards.” Inspired by European gallerias, the concept was first announced in March of 2017, accrediting High Line Nine as a vibrant hub where gallery-goers, neighborhood residents and tourists alike could experience art, architecture and design culture in the heart of the new West Chelsea.

The collection of galleries will also feature five other adjacent gallery spaces in addition to High Line Nine, bringing new vibrancy and added value to the area surrounding recently developed 520 West 28th by Zaha Hadid, extrapolating the cultural destination in one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods and putting multitudes of potential art buyers within blocks of these galleries once Hudson Yards is complete. “With the High Line Nine, we have reinvented the European arcade model to make it about art. It is a new typology—a hybrid between a museum, gallery, art fair and showroom. It is also a grand public space where people of all types can stroll, mingle and take in culture,” says Markus Dochantschi, founder of studioMDA. “The façade is the building's crowning achievement. Fabricated of white bronze using both traditional casting methods and state-of-the-art computer modeling, it is a testament to the collaboration between architect and artisan.”

The High Line park atop this collection of galleries promises its 6 million annual visitors within proximity of the newly opened High Line Nine, anticipating it as a must-see destination for all visitors of West Chelsea. Onlookers will be able to walk The High Line, descend to street level to visit new galleries on West 28th Street, enter High Line Nine to visit the galleries within and stop at il Piccolo Ristoro for a quick meal or glass of wine before exiting onto West 27th Street to further explore Manhattan West’s latest in galleries. High Line Nine is now open to the public for viewing, with in-house gallery exhibitions launching throughout the remainder of the month of September. With flexible membership terms, High Line Nine anticipates an exciting roster of gallerists, exhibitions and events in the coming months.

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About Related:
Related Companies is the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed over 40 years ago, Related is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Florida, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and London, and boasts a team of 4,000 professionals and over $50 billion in assets owned or under development. Its portfolio is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Related has developed preeminent mixed-use projects such as Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach. For more information about Related Companies please visit www.related.com.

About studioMDA:
studioMDA was founded by Markus Dochantschi in New York City in 2002 with the mission of challenging the boundaries of design. studioMDA’s work includes high-end and affordable residential, cultural, commercial, institutional, mixed-use and architectural design competitions. Throughout the last sixteen years, the studio has designed and built over a dozen art galleries and over one hundred art booths and exhibitions. Working extensively with renowned art collectors, artists and galleries, studioMDA has created both innovative and provocative gallery and exhibition spaces, including: three galleries for Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Bortolami Gallery (New York), Anton Kern Gallery (New York), Lisson Gallery (New York), Dirimart Gallery (Istanbul), Carpenters Workshop Gallery (New York), Richard Taittinger Gallery (New York), Nahmad Contemporary (New York), 303 Gallery (New York), Collectorspace (Istanbul) and David Nolan Gallery (New York). Currently, the office is adding to its expansive portfolio of cultural projects the new Andrew Kreps Gallery in Tribeca, the Faurschou Foundation in Brooklyn and a private museum in Thailand. Prior to starting studioMDA, Markus worked for Zaha Hadid Architects from 1995 to 2002. In this role, he ran her office and led many projects, including acting as Head Project Architect on the Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. He also worked for Fumihiko Maki immediately after finishing his studies. Markus was trained as an architect in Germany, where he graduated with a Master of Architecture from Technische Universität Darmstadt.

About Kasmin:
Founded in SoHo in 1989, Kasmin cultivates a program in which historic Post-War and Modernist figures are in meaningful dialogue with the evolving practice of both emerging and established contemporary artists. With three spaces in Chelsea, New York, the gallery mounts ambitious concurrent exhibitions alongside participation in major art fairs worldwide. In fall 2018, the gallery will open its newest and largest space at 509 West 27th Street, which will expand the gallery’s footprint and provide a platform to build upon our curatorial mission. The new building will also feature a planted roof purposefully designed for exhibiting monumental sculptures, which parallels the gallery’s well-known engagement in international public art projects.

About Leila Heller Gallery:
Since its establishment over three decades ago, Leila Heller Gallery has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in promoting creative dialogue and exchange, bridging the gap between Western and Eastern aesthetics with locations in both New York and Dubai—currently, one of the largest institutions of art between London and Hong Kong, standing at 14,000 square feet. Since moving to its flagship space in Chelsea from the Upper East Side, Leila Heller Gallery has garnered a reputation for identifying and cultivating an international program of artists who, with their careers and projects, leave a lasting impact on contemporary visual culture. Earlier this year, such projects include the first ever three-part consecutive show in the Chelsea district by artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian titled The Women’s Trilogy Project, among several additional off-site programs. In presenting a dynamic exhibition schedule, the gallery actively organizes shows with world-renowned curators, hosting educational panels and film screenings and producing catalogues and books with scholarly essays.

About Hollis Taggart Gallery:
Hollis Taggart was founded in 1979 with a mission to present museum-quality works of art, maintain a program motivated by scholarship and offer personalized support in all aspects of art collecting. For nearly 40 years, the gallery has offered significant works of American art—showcasing the trajectory of American art movements from the Hudson River School to American Modernism and Post-War and Contemporary eras—and curated countless critically acclaimed shows in collaboration with the foremost leaders in the field. In the summer of 2015, Hollis Taggart opened its first space in Chelsea, moving from the Upper East Side where it had been operating since its inception. In fall 2018, Hollis Taggart will move to the street-level space at 521 West 26th Street and open a private viewing and storage annex across the street, fully consolidating its operations in Chelsea. Together, the spaces provide Hollis Taggart with nearly 4,000 square feet to host exhibitions and engage clients with select works of art in its inventory, while improving ease of access between its locations. Today, the gallery’s program has grown to encompass contemporary practitioners as a vital component to art historical discourse. It also continues to show significant works of historic American art with a particular focus on the Post-War era. These two intersecting threads offer Hollis Taggart’s audiences and clients a dynamic and diverse set of offerings. In addition to its public program, the gallery also advises private collectors, corporations and museums on acquisitions and assists its clients in the development of their personal collections.

About Burning in Water:
Burning in Water is a New York and San Francisco-based gallery featuring an innovative curatorial program that highlights the work of living artists with reference to broader issues confronting society. Founded in 2015 by Dr. Barry Thomas Malin, the gallery's program conjoins a series of exhibitions by artists represented by the gallery with historical exhibitions of work by American and African artists. The name of the gallery is drawn from a volume of poetry published by Charles Bukowski in 1963.

About ZieherSmith:
ZieherSmith is a contemporary art gallery in New York City first established on West 25th Street in 2003 by Andrea Smith Zieher and Scott Zieher, where it presented the first New York solo shows by Eddie Martinez, Wes Lang, Corin Sworn and Chuck Webster, among others. In 2009, the gallery moved and expanded on West 20th Street, where the program developed to include celebrated artists such as Allison Schulnik and Christoph Ruckhäberle, while continuing to debut emerging artists like Rachel Rossin, Lauren Silva and Paul Anthony Smith. The gallery has also presented unique shows of historical material such as 2011’s Sculpture in So Many Words: Text Pieces, 1965-75, which traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in 2012-13, as well as a trio of critically acclaimed vernacular photography exhibitions: Photo Brut (2013), Other Bodies (2012) and Band of Bikers (2010). ZieherSmith was among the earliest members of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in 2003, and Andrea Zieher served as NADA’s President from 2006-2010. ZieherSmith has forged ties in Nashville, Tennessee, where it has produced several art events and pop-up exhibitions since 2011 featuring over 50 renowned artists including Christian Jankowski, Harmony Korine, Sam Moyer, David Ostrowski, Rachel Owens, Sara VanDerBeek and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

About Valli Art Gallery:
Located in Miami and New York City, Valli Art Gallery specializes in promoting contemporary Italian masters in the United States. With Post-War and contemporary artists such as Mimmo Rotella, Giosetta Fioroni, Alberto Biasi and Michelangelo Pistoletto, Valli Art is dedicated to building a more complex and lasting story of Italian art and culture. At Valli Art, contemporary Italian masters are seen as crucial artistic and intellectual figures within the larger global history of art. Valli Art Gallery is proud to work in close collaboration with major academic institutions, museums and curators to create programs for the promotion of Italian art and culture.

About Polich Tallix:
Polich Tallix is a full-service fine art foundry and fabrication studio committed to superb craftsmanship and the quest for technical excellence. With over 45 years of experience in the Hudson Valley, we strive to be the artist's source for all objects cast or fabricated. We work to extend the artist’s vision through a combination of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, meeting the challenges of some of the most innovative sculptors of our time.

About High Line Nine:
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-6PM. For more information on High Line Nine, please visit www.highlinenine.com.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Related Companies:
212.801.1109
Communications@related.com

U.S.:
Payton Wang 
646.710.3163
Payton.Wang@purplepr.com

UK:
Michael Reilly
+44.207.434.7034
Michael.Reilly@purplepr.com

LEASING CONTACTS:
Earl Bateman
212.784.3507
Earl@focusreg.com

Russell Putterman
212.784.3507
Putterman@focusreg.com

Leasing is being handled exclusively by Earl Bateman & Russell Putterman of Focus Real Estate Group, Keller Williams New York City.