in Frieze London | 23 JUN 21

Gallery Line-Up Announced For No.9 Cork Street

The new space in Mayfair will present three ambitious exhibitions from international galleries James Cohan, Commonwealth and Council, and Proyectos Ultravioleta 

in Frieze London | 23 JUN 21

We are delighted to announce details of the inaugural programme for No.9 Cork Street, Frieze’s major new initiative, offering flexible exhibition space for visiting galleries in the historic heart of Mayfair, London.  

Launching on 7 October 2021 and free to visit, the Matheson Whiteley-designed gallery opens with exciting exhibitions from James Cohan, New York City, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala, running through 23 October, 2021.
The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks, tours and special events that are timed to coincide with Frieze London and Frieze Masters, 13-17 October, 2021.

James Cohan will present a solo exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers. 

Christopher Myers headshot
Christopher Myers. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York

New York-based gallery James Cohan will present ‘I Dare Not Appear,’ a solo exhibition of new work by Christopher Myers. ‘I Dare Not Appear’ brings together new applique textile works with a collection of historical letters written by Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a young Egbado girl bequeathed to Captain Frederick E. Forbes of the Royal Navy in 1850. Raised at the interstices of global imaginaries of race, class, and colonialism, Forbes Bonetta’s life serves as an apt illustration of the conceptual knots of Victorian England: an era characterised by a mindset that could simultaneously trample the world in colonial endeavour and see itself as civilising souls like Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Seven of Forbes Bonetta’s letters from the collection of the artist’s family will be exhibited for the first time, offering an intimate counterpoint to the large-scale tapestries created by Myers.  

Commonwealth and Council will debut new works by artists Danielle Dean, Nikita GaleP. Staff and EJ Hill. 

Danielle Dean 6:28 am
Danielle Dean, '6:28am', 2020 courtesy the artist, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles and 47 Canal, New York. Photo: Joerg Lohse

Spanning diverse practices including time-based media, sculpture and installation, these four artists examine the implications of being a marginalised body in an entangled ecosystem of market economy, neoliberal politics, and mass media, revealing the invisible and silenced labour, speech, and self- assertion of identity.  

Highlights from the presentation include: a series of new sculptures by P. Staff expanding on their installation On Venus exhibited at London's Serpentine Galleries in 2019; a new body of work by EJ Hill inspired by his upcoming presentation at Prospect 5, New Orleans; an ongoing body of work from Danielle Dean investigating the nature of labour and its fungibility under capitalism through a series of lush landscape paintings; Nikita Gale's RUINERS sculpture series, which explores ideas of silencing and obfuscation, and features steel armatures which recall bannisters or barricades: structures that alternately congregate and divide people 

Nikita Gale Ruiner VIII
Nikita Gale, 'RUINER VIII,' 2020, courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, Photo: Joerg Lohse
P. Staff Piss Boys
P. Staff, 'Piss Boys', 2021, courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Joerg Lohse
EJ Hill, joy studios (Loveland Pass)
EJ Hill, 'joy studies (Loveland Pass)', 2021, courtesy the artist, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Paul Salveson

 

Proyectos Ultravioleta will show a joint exhibition by Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter.

Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter
Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter, 'La Canícula', 2018, The Power Plant Toronto, Canada. Image courtesy of the artists, Proyectos Ultravioleta and The Power Plant. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Based in Guatemala, Proyectos Ultravioleta will show a joint exhibition by mother-daughter artists Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter. The presentation sees Suter's characteristically vibrant unstretched canvases hung freely in a way that evokes the lush greenery surrounding her house and studio in Lake Atitlán (Guatemala), alongside a selection of Wild's lapidary collages, composed of magazine cutouts. The show will be the artists' second joint display in London, after being awarded the Focus Stand Prize for Proyectos Ultravioleta's booth at Frieze London 2016.

The autumn season at No.9 Cork Street will also see partnerships with nonprofit organisations Allied Editions and Arts Council Collection. Allied Editions will present a three-week pop-up, showcasing specially commissioned limited editions by leading contemporary artists, with proceeds directly supporting participating institutions’ programmes.  

Allied Editions
Allied Editions at Frieze New York 2016

Arts Council Collection will present an exhibition showcasing its latest acquisitions, including works by Liv Preston, Adam FarahOlivia BaxMiranda Forrester and Rosa-Johan Uddoh, reflecting the breadth of British art and artists working in the UK today. The Collection supports and promotes artists by buying their work at an early or critical stage in their career, making it available for loan to the nation’s museums and public institutions including schools, universities, hospitals and charitable associations.  

Rosa-Johan Uddoh
Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Studies for Impartiality, 2019. Mixed media installation, size variable, © the artist. Installation view at Jupiter Woods, London 2019. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Manuela Barczewski

It is the most exciting moment to launch No.9 Cork Street, celebrating London and its creative community after such a challenging year. We are thrilled to open with new exhibitions by James Cohan, Proyectos Ultravioleta and Commonwealth and Council and honoured to showcase the work of a remarkable cohort of international artists including Christopher Myers, Danielle Dean, Nikita Gale, P. Staff, EJ Hill, Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter. As ever, we are proud to support non-profit organisations and to collaborate with Allied Editions and the Arts Council Collection on our opening season.’ – Eva Langret, Artistic Director, Frieze London 

Following in November will be exhibitions by Reykjavík's i8 Gallery, showing Birgir Andrésson, B. Ingrid Olson and Ragna Róbertsdóttir and Berlin-based Dittrich & Schlechtriem with and exhibition of works by Julian Charrière, Andreas Greiner and Julius von Bismark

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Main Image: No.9 Cork Street façade image © Matheson Whiteley 

Thumbnail: Christopher Myers, Funnyhouse Of A Negro, 2018. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan

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