Irvine Contemporary announced Wednesday that it will leave its 14th Street NW location at the end of August, citing rising rents as the reason. The gallery has been at 1412 14th Street, just south of P Street, for five years.
Irvine sent out a press release announcing the decision, but did not disclose its new location. The gallery will have two final exhibitions in the space, one opening on June 11 and the other on July 23.
As TBD.com noted, Irvine will be the third gallery since 2009 to leave the 14th Street corridor due to rising rents.
From yesterday’s Irvine press release:
“This summer marks the 10th anniversary of Irvine Contemporary and over 5 years at our 14th Street gallery location. As a result of unmanageable increases in rent in the current economy, Irvine Contemporary will be moving out of our gallery space on August 30th. We have enjoyed a wonderful run of exhibitions, events, and achievements for our artists in this space which is why we want to conclude our time on 14th Street by celebrating our artists and recognizing the community that has been the life of the gallery.
“We want to conclude our time on 14th Street by celebrating our artists and recognizing the community that has been the life of the gallery at this location. Over the summer, we will present two concluding exhibitions as a tribute to our artists. Artist Tribute Exhibition 1 will open on June 11, and Artist Tribute Exhibition 2 on July 23, and will include special events and talks with many of artists. We look forward to your continued patronage in supporting our artists in these final exhibitions on 14th Street, and invite you to join us in celebrating their great work and achievements.
“While we are planning this move and transition, we are continuing to curate exhibitions and represent our artists through the fall of this year. We will soon announce the exciting exhibitions and events that we have planned in the fall.”