NARRATOR: This painting shows Christchurch in Spitalfields, east London. It’s by Leon Kossoff, one of many artists who, in the 1990s, made the city the subject of their art. Curator Helen Little. HELEN LITTLE: In this painting, he depicts the church leaning very heavily to the right in order to allow the sort of social fabric, if you like, of the city to emerge. And I think the very energetic brushwork really does suggest that time is really of the essence, that it won't be too long before churches like this become surrounded by new office blocks and that their characters will be lost forever. It's very interesting that we’ve tried to juxtapose an older artist’s depiction of London with a painting by a much younger artist who emerged at this time. NARRATOR: Take a look at the painting on the opposite side of the doorway - a black and white, abstract image. HELEN LITTLE: This is Keith Coventry, East Street Estate from 1994, and on first glance this painting looks perhaps a lot like abstract painting from the very early twentieth century, perhaps by Russian artists like Malevich. But in actual fact, these very abstract, very simple markings depict the plan of the East Street Council Estate in South London, and show us where the buildings are situated on a very simplified map. And Coventry has been making these Estate paintings since the early 1990s and he's made countless configurations of estates all London. Really, I think, trying to perhaps comment on the unsuitability of abstraction, to portray lives of the population of on London. And also, perhaps on failings of the post war planners in terms of their very utopian ambitions.