Related Companies announced the opening of High Line Nine, a collection of new gallery spaces on the High Line.
Located beneath the High Line and adjacent to Zaha Hadid’s first residential development in New York City, 520 West 28th Street, the High Line Nine will showcase a collection of gallerists in spaces designed by Markus Dochantschi and studioMDA ranging from 650 to 1800 s/f.
Kasmin premiers as an anchoring gallerist with a 5,000 s/f space built by studioMDA and outfitted with a programmable landscaped rooftop sculpture garden and connected to an additional gallery within the High Line Nine.
Joining Kasmin 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.
The High Line Nine will also feature il Piccolo Ristoro, a café and wine bar serving 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.
Earl Bateman, licensed real estate broker and long-time arts broker, worked alongside Related to create a package offering all-inclusive amenities, providing gallerists a turn-key space.
Each High Line Nine Membership encompasses a various costs associated with leasing into one monthly fee.
Members will have fully built-out galleries, 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 remotely monitor their spaces via an app for their security cameras.
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 hub where gallery-goers, neighborhood residents and tourists alike can experience art, architecture, and design culture in the heart of the West Chelsea.
The collection of galleries will also feature five other adjacent gallery spaces in addition to High Line Nine.
“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,” said Dochantschi.