in Frieze | 20 JUN 24

Summer Exhibitions at No.9 Cork Street: ‘500 Years of Drawing’ and ‘Tbilisi Independent’

Trois Crayons’ centuries-spanning exhibition of works on paper, and a fascinating group show of young female-owned galleries from the Georgian capital

in Frieze | 20 JUN 24

Across June and July this year, Frieze’s No.9 Cork Street is presenting two enthralling exhibitions: ‘500 Years of Drawing’, and a group show of exciting young galleries from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

Trois Crayons: ‘500 Years of Drawing’, 28 June – 5 July

Curated by drawing platform Trois Crayons, and part of London Art Week 2024, this exhibition brings together 17 international dealers who specialize in works on paper, including Didier Aaron and Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, and Nathalie Motte Masselink. 

Georges Dorignac, Portrait of a Woman, 1879–1925. Black chalk, black and golden yellow wash on paper
Georges Dorignac, Portrait of a Woman. Black chalk, black and golden yellow wash on paper

The selection of 150 drawings spans old masters, iconic 20th-century pieces and contemporary works. Artists include Lorenzo Bernini, Pierre Bonnard, Simon Bussy, Battista Franco, Thomas Gainsborough, Domenico Gnoli, Guercino, Gwen John, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Jean-Antoine Watteau and more.

10am – 6pm Monday–Friday and 11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday, 28 June – 5 July.

‘Tbilisi Independent’, 12 – 27 July

‘Tbilisi Independent’ highlights five young, female-run galleries from the Georgian capital: E.A Shared Space, Gallery 4710, The Why Not Gallery, MAUDI, and CH64 Gallery. A collaboration with Reach Art Visual, the exhibition builds its narrative around two central pillars in the history of Georgian abstraction: Alexander Bandzeladze (1927–1992) and Tamuna Sirbiladze (1971–2016), including artists such as Lia Bagrationi, Mariana Chkonia and Sopho Kobidze.

Niniko Morbedadze, We love animals (series), 2024, acrylic, India ink and pencil on paper, 70 x 50 cm
Niniko Morbedadze, from the series ‘We love animals’, 2024. Acrylic, india ink and pencil on paper, 70 × 50 cm

The show then brings the story into the present day with outstanding figurative works by contemporary artists Anuk Beluga, Saba Gorgodze, Merab Gugunashvili, Gvantsa Jishkariani, Giorgi Khaniashvili, Niniko Morbedadze, Tamar Nadiradze, Temple Pharmacy and Nata Varazi. The result is an exhibition that offers a compelling insight into Georgian art and culture, and the emerging voices in the country amid rising political and social upheaval.

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Main Image: Giovanni Boldini, The Breakfast Table