The Mayor Gallery was the first gallery to open its doors on Cork Street. Founded by Fred Mayor (1903-1973) in 1925, many artists exhibited for the first time in England at The Mayor Gallery and included, amongst others, Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, André Masson and Joan Miró. The Mayor Gallery was also the centre of UNIT ONE, a group that included Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and others.
Fred’s son, James Mayor, took over the Gallery in 1973 and since then The Mayor Gallery has shown the work of many leading American artists. They include: Eva Hesse, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.
The Gallery continues to show the works of leading American Pop artists as well as European Nouveau Realism, Surrealist and Dada but is now internationally renown for being London’s foremost Gallery for the ZERO and Concrete movements.
The gallery presents 7 to 8 curated exhibitions each year, often accompanied by a published catalogue. Recent solo exhibitions include Billy Apple, Imre Bak, Carlos Cairoli, Peter Dreher, Stano Filko, Gyorgy Jovanovics, Taadaki Kuwayama, Francois Morellet, Julian Stanczak, Shinkichi Tajiri and Carel Visser.