COLLECT LIKE CYNTHIA
Fashion designer, travel junkie, mother, and art collector, Cynthia Rowley founded Exhibition A in 2010 with her husband and Half Gallery owner Bill Powers. We have gone on to work with more than 400 artists to produce over 500 editions, while providing countless collectors with the opportunity to own signed work by the best contemporary artists at accessible price points.
Rowley is now launching an exclusive edition by William Eadon + sharing her favorite works on the site featuring prints by Daniel Heidkamp, Paige Powell, Chris Martin, Helen Rae, and more. Scroll down to shop her curated collection below.
We sat down with Rowley to discuss her Exhibition A aspirations, the first piece in her collection, and her advice to young collectors.
When did you first begin collecting?
I come from a family of artists, so art has always been a big part of my life, but navigating the contemporary art scene seemed a little scary. I would go to shows, but couldn’t afford to buy anything. One of the first pieces I bought was a Takashi Murakami Jelly Fish Eyes, 2001 when he was new in the art world. I love that he has always had an accessible art component to his work.
What made you decide to start Exhibition A?
This may sound high-reaching, but we started it as the most ideological way to enlighten your life—we're hoping to create a new world of contemporary art collectors and appreciators. Collecting art is saying something about yourself and your values and the vision you share with the artist. There has always been accessible art, but Exhibition A curates the top artists making the most explosive work.
What advice would you give to young collectors?
Do it! It’s fun and social and inspiring to see art and live with art. Always buy what you love.
On Ouija And Chill by William Eadon
William is my old friend, and I basically love everything he does. His first print, Whatever, makes me happy every time I look at it. We’ve worked together on projects for many, many years. He gave me the LOL print for my birthday a few years ago, and gave me the Ouija And Chill print/puzzle this year for my birthday. Is it bad that I want to share my birthday gifts with everyone?
On Girl, Flowers by Andrew Kuo
Is there anything more New York than bodega flowers?
On Poké Painting #3 by Jeanette Hayes
I've been a huge fan of Jeanette for years. She makes beautifully wicked, witty art.
On Evening Toward the End of Vacation by Dan Attoe
I want to live in this image.
On Key Duck by Daniel Heidkamp
I want to live in this image too. Are we seeing a pattern here?
On 1234... (Blue) by Chris Martin
I'm pretty positive this wasn't Chris' intent... but in my mind, this is me, Bill, Kit and Gigi.
On Jean-Michel Basquiat (Hana, Hawaii 1984) by Paige Powell
Paige captures one of the most iconic art world figures in innocent repose.
On October 26, 2015 by Helen Rae
I came across Helen's work at the Outsider Art Fair in New York and was immediately transfixed. I really didn't know anything about her but it was just the sheer beauty of what she was making. It hit me like a ton of bricks.