Frieze has revealed details of the inaugural programme for No.9 Cork Street, the art organization’s major new initiative, offering flexible exhibition space for visiting galleries in the historic heart of Mayfair, London. Launching 7 October, the Matheson Whiteley-designed gallery opens with ambitious exhibitions from James Cohan, Commonwealth and Council and Proyectos Ultravioleta, running through 23rd October, 2021. the exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks, tours and special events and are timed to coincide with Frieze Week in London, a city-wide celebration anchored by Frieze London and Frieze Masters, 13th – 17th October, 2021. No. 9 Cork Street extends Frieze’s commitment to the creative spirit of 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 an exhibition of works by Julian Charrière, Andreas Greiner and Julius von Bismarck.
The autumn season at No.9 Cork Street will also see Allied Editions and Arts Council Collection partnerships. Allied Editions, a unique artists’ editions collective made up of seven of London’s leading not- for-pro t arts organisations, will present a three-week pop-up, showcasing specially commissioned limited editions for sale by leading contemporary artists proceeds directly supporting participating institutions’ programmes. Arts Council Collection will present an exhibition showcasing its latest acquisitions, including works by Liv Preston, Adam Farah, Olivia Bax, Miranda Forrester and Rosa-Johan Uddoh, reflecting the breadth of British art and artists working in the UK today. e 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.
‘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. Sta , EJ Hill, Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter. As ever, we are proud to support non-pro t organisations and to collaborate with Allied Editions and the Arts Council Collection on our opening season.’
Eva Langret, Artistic Director, Frieze London
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 apt illustration of the conceptual knots of Victorian England: an era characterized by a mindset that could simultaneously trample the world in colonial endeavor and see itself as civilizing 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
Los Angeles-based Commonwealth and Council will debut new works by artists Danielle Dean, Nikita Gale, P. Sta and EJ Hill. Spanning diverse practices including time-based media, sculpture and installation, these four artists examine the implications of being a marginalized body in an entangled ecosystem of market economy, neoliberal politics, and mass media, revealing invisible and silenced labor and speech and self- assertion of identity. Highlights from the presentation include a series of new sculptures by P. Sta expanding on their installation, On Venus, exhibited at London’s Serpentine Galleries in 2019 and a new body of work by EJ Hill inspired by his upcoming presentation at Prospect 5, New Orleans.
Based in Guatemala, Proyectos Ultravioleta will show a joint exhibition by mother-daughter artists Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter. e 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. e 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.
No. 9 Cork Street will present a year-round programme of exhibitions by visiting galleries, building on Frieze’s longstanding commitment to enriching London’s arts community and strengthening the city’s position as an international arts centre.
Housed in two converted townhouses designed by architecture studio Matheson Whiteley and developed in partnership with e Pollen Estate, No.9 Cork Street encompasses three fully equipped gallery spaces with accompanying viewing rooms and an event space. Furniture throughout is provided by Modernity, specialists in the collection and sale of furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and jewellery by the most renowned Nordic designers of the 20th Century.