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keith coventry 'mr gundry keeps the police at bay' (detail)
keith coventry 'paintings'
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A plate of sandwiches, someone receiving a knighthood and the face of one of the Royal Guards are all depicted in rough white painted surfaces that recall the Suprematist ideals of Russian minimalist painter Kasimir Malevich. However, these images betray something that is more in line with a clichéd representation of English society and not the pursuit of any ideal.

This is the largest overview of Keith Coventry’s work to date, including some works which have never been exhibited. The hangar-like gallery at Glasgow’s Tramway host a number of surfaces dedicated to 15 different series of work produced over the last 14 years.

For this reason the show is more like a collection of installations as opposed to individual paintings. At times subtle and enigmatic, at others a little too obvious, each seems to be about the representation of images: painting as code, using geometric proportion to explore ideas which are formed into images as much by the titles as by the paint on the surface.


Shireen Taylor 31 August 06 rating of 3 and 1/2
Keith Coventry’s Paintings is at Tramway, Glasgow, until 17 September 06
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