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At first sight Keith Coventry’s series of Estate Paintings resemble the Suprematist

 abstract art

of early twentieth century Russian painters such as Malevich and Rodchenko. Yet these flat geometric patterns are taken directly from standard boards at the entrances to council estates showing the location of each housing block on a simplified plan.

Coventry draws a parallel between the Modernist

drive towards pure form

and the failure of post-war planning to live up to its utopian ambitions. He has painted over a hundred different configurations.

February 2010