Keith Coventry

Frieze | New York | Online viewing room90's Paintings21 Dering Street, London W1S 1AL
7 – 15 May 2020

 

Keith Coventry’s paintings and sculptures look at high and low forms of British culture from the Monarchy to inner city crack dens, through the lens of modernist idealism, bringing the movements of twentieth-century art and their tendencies into dialogue with contemporary political, cultural, and social issues.

 

In the ‘Estate Paintings’, Coventry famously used British and American council estate maps from social housing projects with their diagrammatic representations of the buildings as source material which when denuded of the surrounding information, recall the formal aesthetic language of Suprematism. We will show rare estate paintings including two very early American ‘Project’ paintings from 1992. 

 

The ‘History Paintings’, perhaps his most rare series, juxtapose legendary ancient battles with modern day football hooligan confrontations in his trademark mid century aesthetic. 

 

And finally the ‘White Abstracts’ as featured in Sensation (1997) take traditional English news reporting, in this instance photographs of the first black Horse guard and images from Trooping the Colour, rendering them as white Monochrome paintings, seemingly at first glance the epitome of modernism. Again these two paintings are extremely rare and accomplished examples of the artists work.

 

In 2006, Coventry received a mid-career retrospective at Glasgow's Tramway (Art Centre) and in 2010 was awarded the John Moore's Painting Prize. His work has been exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and Europe and is included in collections worldwide, including the British Council; Tate Modern; Arts Council of England; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His last solo show in the US was in San Francisco in 1992 in which two of our proposed estate paintings were exhibited. This surprisingly will be his first solo show in New York.

 


selected works

History Painting (One Horatii Fought and Killed Three Curiatii in the Seventh Century B.C. / Steve Ashgate an Arsenal fan fought and defeated three West Ham F.C.F in Mayday 1992)
1994
1760 Bush Street
1992
White Abstract (Black Horse Guard)
1996
1880 Pine Street Project
1992
Slifford Estate
1995
White Abstract (Trooping the Colour)
1994
Brockmoor Tower
1996

History Painting (One Horatii Fought and Killed Three Curiatii in the Seventh Century B.C. / Steve Ashgate an Arsenal fan fought and defeated three West Ham F.C.F in Mayday 1992)

1994Oil on canvas, wood, gesso, glass and golf leaf110 x 85 cm / 43 1/4 x 33 1/2 in

1760 Bush Street

1992Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass71 x 46 cm / 28 x 18 1/8 in

White Abstract (Black Horse Guard)

1996Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass112 x 52 cm / 44 1/8 x 20 1/2 in

1880 Pine Street Project

1992Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass37 x 31 x 5 cm / 14 5/8 x 12 1/4 x 2 in

Slifford Estate

1995Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass96 x 69 cm / 37 3/4 x 27 1/8 in

White Abstract (Trooping the Colour)

1994Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass80 x 105 x 7 cm / 31 1/2 x 41 3/8 x 2 3/4 in

Brockmoor Tower

1996Oil on canvas board, wood, gesso and glass83.5 x 73.5 cm / 32 7/8 x 28 7/8 in