The Mayor Gallery
The Mayor Gallery was the first gallery to open its doors in Cork Street in Mayfair London; a now internationally renowned street in the art world for its many commercial art galleries. Founded by Fred Mayor (1903-1973) in 1925, many artists exhibited for the first time in England in his gallery including, amongst others, Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, André Masson, Juan Miró and Eduardo Paolozzi. The Mayor Gallery was also the centre of UNIT ONE, a British group that included Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth, Edward Burra. Fred’s son, James Mayor took over the Gallery in 1973 at the age of 23, having set up the Post War and Contemporary Art department in Sotheby’s New York in 1970. Since then the Mayor Gallery has shown the work of many leading American artists. It has offered their first commercial shows in England to Eva Hesse, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Cy Twombly, many with whom James Mayor had close friendships with.
Nowadays, The Mayor Gallery is renowned for being London’s foremost gallery for exhibiting artists from the Zero and Concrete movements, mostly from Europe, Central Europe and Latin America, particularly early artworks from the 50s and 60s. The gallery continues to offer works of leading American Pop artists as well as European Nouveau Realism, Surrealist and Dada.
The Mayor Gallery prides itself in its close and lasting relations with its collectors and museums, contributing in building great collections and to the loans to many exhibitions worldwide every year.
In January 2017, already more than 30 artworks were promised on loan from the gallery to 12 different national and international museums.
Marina Appolonio, Billy Apple, Wifredo Arcay, Bernard Aubertin, Imre Bak, Alberto Biasi, Carlos Cairoli, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Enrico Castellani, Miguel Chevalier, Gianni Colombo, Waldemar Cordeiro, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Wojciech Fangor, Stano Filko, Gego, Gyorgy Jovanovics, Julius Koller, Attila Kovacs, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Walter Leblanc, Raul Lozza, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Almir Mavignier, Francois Morellet, Otto Piene, Jan Schoonhoven, Turi Simeti, Klaus Staudt, Luis Tomasello, Jef Verheyen, Nanda Vigo, Carel Visser, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Herbert Zangs