Ricky Lee, is an experienced curator, writer and media strategist specializing in the arts, culture, and design. For the last ten years he has worked as an independent communications and event production consultant for various artists, galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. He has directed public relation campaigns for such clients as Abrams, Phaidon, The Vendome Press, and Hermes of Paris. He has produced and curated events and exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Paris. From 2001 to 2004, he was Associate Publisher and Gallery Director of Scalo (Zurich), where he curated photography exhibitions by Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Fazal Sheikh, Walter Pfeiffer and David Armstrong, among others. He was one of the founding editors of Vibe magazine and has worked as a writer and editor for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Interview, Cosmopolitan, Allure, and The Los Angeles Times. From 2009 to 2011, Lee wrote frequently about art and culture for London-based publications i-D and AnOther, as well as for QVEST magazine, based in Cologne, Germany.
In 2012, Lee served as a Professional Adviser during the Creative Capital Artist Retreat, held at Williams College. That same year, he co-founded The Committee, a curatorial and cultural programming agency, which focused on producing unique experiences for the local and national arts community. These happenings explored the constantly blurring line between art, fashion, design, and music. With a mission to make the arts more accessible to New York Cityâ€™s young professionals and arts enthusiasts, The Committee was dedicated to connecting intriguing and contrasting individuals or groups on one platform in order to expand the boundaries within each field by producing and hosting events such as artist studio visits and gallery and museum talks featuring prominent thought leaders. Lee has also curated site-specific exhibitions in Los Angeles, Montauk, Manhattan and Miami Beach during Art Basel. In March of 2015, Lee was one of 80 curators selected to produce one of the themed exhibitions, which were on view during New York Armory Week at the critically acclaimed SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the curatorâ€™s art fair, at Moynihan Station in Manhattan (the old Post Office building across from Penn Station).
Lee, who holds a Masterâ€™s Degree in French from Middlebury College, is the Creative Director and Publisher of The Excellent People (The EP) magazine, an independent biannual, large format art object-cum-cultural journal inspired by Andy Warhol's Interview.