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Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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Keith Coventry
B.1958
CARLTON COURT ESTATE
signed twice, titled and dated 1999 on the backboard
oil on canvas
50 by 40cm.; 19¾ by 15¾in.
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Provenance

The Fine Art Society, London, where acquired by the present owner in December 2006

Catalogue Note

Carlton Court Estate belongs to Coventry's most well known and important series of works entitled Estate Paintings. Based on the multi-coloured maps that are displayed at the entrance to local council housing estates and in particular, those in the area of South London where he lives, the works from the series explore social idealism and utopia in a modern day reality where housing estates and community projects are characterised by decline, disfunction and disrepair.

Stylistically, the works from the series are deliberately reminisicent of Russian Suprematism and the present work is no exception. The simple yet bold contrast of the black rectangle against a luminous white background specifically recalls the monochromatic intensity of Malevich's Black Square (1913, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg) whilst the angled position of the rectangle evokes his Suprematisim with Eight Red Rectangles (1915, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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London