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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Keith Coventry

b. 1958, United Kingdom

Keith Coventry is widely admired for his work which takes aspects modernism and grafting them on to socio-political issues. He appropriates global symbols of junk culture – the golden McDonald's arch, in particular – and recontextualises them, inviting the viewer to consider these logos afresh in a gallery context.

Coventry was born in Burnley in Lancashire, in 1958 and studied at London's progressive Chelsea school of Art. He exhibited in the legendary 1997 Sensation show at the Royal Academy, and was part of the elite Young British Artists who dominated the UK's visual art scene. Charles Saatchi was one of his first collectors and his work is now owned by Tate, MoMA among other national collections worldwide.

His work is included in collections worldwide, including Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis;, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010 Coventry was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize.

Featured Artworks

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Community Sign I by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryCommunity Sign I, 2015 Glazed ceramic
73.5 x 63.5 x 3 cm
Pace Gallery
Pure Junk IX by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryPure Junk IX, 2016 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
216 x 135 x 7 cm (incl frame)
Reflex Amsterdam
Junk Painting by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryJunk Painting, 2014 Oil on linen, glass and wood
50 x 39.5 x 6 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Junk 6 by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryJunk 6, 2002 Oil on canvas, wood, gesso and glass
84 x 74 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Golden Arches XVIII by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryGolden Arches XVIII, 2017 Gesso, glass, wood, bronze, gold
44 x 39 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Pure Junk Study XI by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryPure Junk Study XI, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
44 x 38.5 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Pure Junk Study X by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryPure Junk Study X, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
43.5 x 35.5 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam
Pure Junk Study IX by Keith Coventry contemporary artwork Keith CoventryPure Junk Study IX, 2015 Carved wood, muslin, beeswax, gesso, glass and wood
44 x 38.5 x 5 cm
Reflex Amsterdam

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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7 July–4 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Keith Coventry, Junk & Pure Junk at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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24 February–4 April 2018 Keith Coventry Junk & Pure Junk Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Transient Space at Parafin, London
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21 July–16 September 2017 Group Exhibition Transient Space Parafin, London

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Singapore Art Week Related Press Singapore Art Week art agenda : 23 February 2018

Developed by the Singapore government in 2013 in an attempt to create hype around the fair Art Stage Singapore, Singapore Art Week (SAW) is a loose collection of events organized by museums, art spaces, and cultural producers. This year’s edition featured a series of festivals that turned the Civic District’s museums into glowing canvases for art...

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Transient Space review – tales of the city Related Press Transient Space review – tales of the city The Guardian : 13 August 2017

You are in a multistorey car park. You don’t know where your car is. It must be in one of the four corners, on one of the seven levels, by one of those numberless pillars. But they all look the same. You can’t leave without the car and you cannot find it in the concrete labyrinth. This is the modern city.The familiar scenario is brilliantly...

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