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Related California debuts soulful contemporary art collection at The Avery

Curated by Gallery Wendi Norris, The Avery features thought-provoking works by intriguing local and international artists, including the United States’ first permanent public installation by renowned artist Alicja Kwade.

Related California is pleased to present an impressive art collection expertly curated by Gallery Wendi Norris at its newly opened residential building, The Avery. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning Transbay District, The Avery’s collection features twenty-two contemporary artworks by fifteen artists, six of which are local to the Bay Area. The collection instills a sense of place, history and human connection through diverse mediums from painting to video installation. Providing further insight, The Avery will publish a catalogue on the collection, including original essays on the curation, artists and artworks by local writer and arts editor Timothy Don.

“The Avery’s art collection utilizes imagery rooted in universal languages to speak to greater human connectivity,” notes gallery Owner Wendi Norris. "Often grounded in themes of environmental preservation, cosmological curiosities and cultural symbologies, the works are immediately and strikingly beautiful, and over time reveal nuanced layers of concept, process and historic intrigue.”

The creative experience begins at The Shops at Avery Lane, where residents and the public are greeted by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade’s sculptural abstraction, Absorption (2018). The sculpture utilizes mirrors and stones to produce an optical illusion that tests viewers' perceptions while creating an awe-inspiring experience of dimensionality, putting into perspective the scale of the universe as we know it. With Absorption, Kwade seeks to reframe our notions of truth, reality and fantasy. Coming off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lauded summer rooftop exhibition, Kwade’s work was also recently featured at the 57th Venice Biennale and the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen. Absorption marks the artist’s first permanent public installation in the United States.

The journey continues in the lobby at Avery 450, the luxury rental component of The Avery, where a new commission, Infinite Regress LXI (2019) by Eamon Ore-Giron, welcomes residents with a painting of bright geometric elements on raw linen. These abstract, beautifully rendered symbols showcase a pictorial, universal language in a contemporary context that unites across cultures and geographic lines.

Proceeding into the lobby’s luxurious gathering space, residents encounter Mika Tajima’s transformative woven painting, Negative Entropy (NYU Data Center, Orange, Double) (2018). Next door inside of the entrance to The Avery, residents enjoy Reverberation #60 (2019) by Val Britton from her series inspired by philosopher Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space.

The Avery’s art collection extends into the sprawling 30,000 square feet of dedicated amenity space, which spans over three floors and features an outdoor landscaped terrace. Stepping off the elevator on the 7th floor, residents are greeted by Lava Thomas’ His Royal Discography (2016), an installation piece constructed of tambourines that celebrates the dynamic life of musician Prince. In the tech lounge, residents can take in the mesmerizing work of Ranu Mukherjee in the video piece Breach (2015), which consists of hundreds of layers of photography, paintings and digital imagery.

In the 32nd floor elevator vestibule, a pair of Klea McKenna’s black and white photograms, Rainstorm #20 (2016) and Rainstorm #21 (2016), provide the perfect entry to the floor’s amenity spaces. The demonstration kitchen features Rachelle Reichert’s Salt Diamond (2018), made with salt taken from the San Francisco Bay. Two delicate collage pieces by Ambreen Butt, Shoaib and Illyas from the series Say My Name (2018), adorn the floor’s pre-function space, transitioning to the game room where Julio Cesar Morales’ photographic series Day Dreaming (2017) is thought-provoking in its layout and use of color, which is echoed in Ranu Mukherjee’s vibrant work on paper Today is a surprise (2018).

Generous amenities continue on the 33rd floor, where Chris Ofili’s prints Last Night, New Day (2008) and Rainbow (2008) create a dramatic entrance to the fireplace lounge where the floating fireplace looking out to stunning views of the Bay is flanked by two celestial cyanotype prints by San Francisco-based artist Ala Ebtekar: Azimuth (1801) (2016) and Azimuth (1802) (2016).

Rounding out the collection in the formal dining room is the stunning photograph Roman Woman III (2013) by Sara VanDerBeek and pastel-on-paper triptych by local artist Peter de Swart, featuring unique artist frames.

“We are proud to debut such a soulful collection, which showcases the way in which art can enrich private and public spaces, and complements The Avery’s world-class architecture and design,” said Gino Canori, executive vice president and chief development officer at Related California. “Our residents are fully immersed in arts and culture and appreciate new, distinct artwork in their homes. Each piece has been carefully selected by Wendi and her team from local and international artists and represents varying intellectual and aesthetic levels of intrigue, as well as universal themes, to be appreciated by all.”

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Transbay District, The Avery is a remarkable 56-story sculpted glass tower offering 118 luxurious condominium residences starting on the 33rd floor, premium luxury apartment rentals on floors 2-32 at Avery 450 and unprecedented amenities and services. It also features a penthouse designed by renowned interior designer Jay Jeffers and a Stylist in Residence program with celebrity stylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney of MGK Style.

The Avery reflects the visionary work of OMA, representing the firm’s first-ever high-rise and ground-up development in the Bay Area. At the ground level, the tower introduces The Shops at Avery Lane, a thoughtfully curated collection of premium dining and retail partners set to generate activity throughout the neighborhood. The Avery’s world-class architecture creates an impressive addition to the skyline—its striking glass façade creates a distinct exterior and provides residences with prominent views of the San Francisco Bay, Bay Bridge, the iconic city skyline and beyond.

Inspired by the Bay Area’s connection to nature and wellness, The Avery’s residential interiors by Clodagh Design boast refined details including hand-selected Italian Michelangelo marble kitchen counters with full-height backsplashes, Miele appliances with integrated paneling and spa-inspired baths with custom dual vanities with Cristallo Pearl marble counters and full-height wall surrounds, frameless glass showers and Kaldewei soaking tubs. Residences also feature glowing oak flooring that is illuminated by expansive floor-to-ceiling glass windows in every room, Dornbracht fixtures and a meticulous design influenced by Clodagh’s consistent work in the wellness field. Internationally renowned feng shui expert Alberto Amura has guided the project since the groundbreaking, creating balance and vibrant energy throughout the property.

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About Related California:
Related California, the West Coast affiliate of Related Companies, is a fully integrated real estate firm that develops multifamily residential and mixed-use properties in California. Related California has a long history of community partnership, having collaborated with more than 35 municipalities and over 25 non-profit organizations throughout California.

Related California is currently developing more than $2 billion of assets in San Francisco, including The Avery, Mason on Mariposa and 1500 Mission. Combined, this includes nearly 1,500 residential units, 75,000+ square feet of retail and a 460,000-square-foot office building, which will be owned by the City and County of San Francisco. Related California is also embarking on a development in Santa Clara, a nine-million-square-foot master plan that will include office, retail, hotel and residential across from the 49ers new stadium. Additionally, Related California recently delivered Argyle House, an 18-story luxury apartment tower, in Hollywood adjacent to the landmark Capital Records building and is also developing The Grand, a 1.5-million-square-feet open air mixed-use complex designed by Frank Gehry in downtown Los Angeles.

About Related:
Related Companies is a global real estate and lifestyle company defined by innovation and 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 approximately 4,000 professionals. With over $60 billion in assets owned or under development including the 28-acre Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, The Grand and Related Santa Clara in California and The 78 in Chicago. Related was recently named to Fast Company Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. For more information about Related, please visit


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