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

No.9 Cork Street, Frieze’s major new initiative, launches on 7 October 2021, opening to the public from 8 October, in the historic heart of Mayfair in London.  

The gallery opens with exciting exhibitions from James CohanCommonwealth and Council and Proyectos Ultravioleta, 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. See here the full line-up of Frieze London Talks hosted at No.9 Cork Street.

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.  

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

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

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.  

Danielle Dean 6:28 am
Danielle Dean, 6:28am, 2020. Courtesy the artist, Commonwealth and Council, and 47 Canal Photo: Joerg Lohse

Highlights from the presentation include: a series of new sculptures by P. Staff expanding on their installation On Venus exhibited at London's Serpentine in 2019; a new body of work by EJ Hill inspired by his upcoming presentation at Prospect 5, New Orleans. 

Nikita Gale Ruiner VIII
Nikita Gale, RUINER VIII, 2020, courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, Photo: Joerg Lohse

Also on view, 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  

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 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.

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

The autumn season at No.9 Cork Street will also see partnerships with non-profit 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. 

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.  

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, Director, Frieze London 

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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