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Keith Coventry; Inhailer

Keith Coventry: Inhaler

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Edition of 50

What at first appears to be a true-to-size plastic model of an asthma inhaler turns into an object with a very different recent history. Life-enhancer for some, the inhaler, once redundant, takes on another life as a travelling pipe for the urban crack addict. For Keith Coventry this is a departure from painting and from his previous large-scale work in bronze into a new, non-traditional material – cast plastic.

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What at first appears to be a true-to-size plastic model of an asthma inhaler turns into an object with a very different recent history. Life-enhancer for some, the inhaler, once redundant, takes on another life as a travelling pipe for the urban crack addict. For Keith Coventry this is a departure from painting and from his previous large-scale work in bronze into a new, non-traditional material – cast plastic.

Keith Coventry is best known for his paintings of council estates, paintings that are an indictment of the utopian visions of the early twentieth century artist, Malevich. His series of paintings, white squares on a white background, are entitled Crack City. Coventry’s concerns with the social ills of urban living, the underbelly of city life, are mirrored in his series of bronze Crack Pipes, which addressed the microcosm of city life, honing in on individual lifestyles. His cast plastic Inhaler should be seen as part of this body of work.

Additional Information

Weight 0.6 kg
Dimensions 3 x 4.5 x 7 cm
Edition size

50

Materials

Cast plastic

Date

1998

Keith Coventry has shown widely in the UK and Europe. In 2010 his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’ won the John Moores painting prize.

Recent solo exhibitions of his work include ‘White Black Gold’ , Pace Gallery, London; ‘Twentieth Century Estates’, Modern Collections, London (2013); ‘Junk Paintings’, Pace London (2012), ‘Black Bronze: White Slaves’, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle (2012).

His work is included in many collections including the British Council, the Arts Council of England, the Government Art Collection; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis and The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see
keithcoventry.com