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High Line Nine Finds New Art Gallery Format with ‘Living Storefronts’


High Line Nine Finds New Art Gallery Format with ‘Living Storefronts’

Visitors to New York City’s High Line and surrounding Chelsea art district can now see visual artists produce unique works right before their eyes through a large glass window.

The new residency program at High Line Nine, located directly under the High Line at 27th Street and 10th Avenue, features five renowned artists each with his or her own glass-case studio or “living storefront,” as the gallery calls it. High Line Nine launched the initiative to make use of its space, support artists and delight viewers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which shut down art galleries in New York and around the world. While galleries in the city are now able to return, the damage has undoubtedly been done.


“We had a full traditional exhibition schedule for the fall,” High Line Nine manager Christina Maxwell told the New York Post. “We had a full house with typical art galleries, design and furniture tenants, all of which have been canceled or postponed indefinitely.”

Maxwell coordinated the residency program with the help of online art platform, Sugarlift. The corridor of see-through studios allows for safe and socially distant gallery hopping. Viewers can stop and watch an artist at work, view the art alone if the artist is not present, and purchase any piece by scanning a QR code.

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The Post reported that foot traffic to the gallery has been picking up since the opening of the High Line, which Duggal Visual Solutions helped to prepare with social distancing signage including 1,200 floor graphics. High Line Nine’s artist residency exhibitions are on display Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until August 29. Learn more