6:30 - 8:30pm, Thursday 14th Nov


Keith Coventry - [Inaugural opening]

Upstone is a venture is a collaboration between Robert Upstone, formerly the Head of Modern British Art at the Tate, and the artist and curator Graham Snow, will focus on British art of the Twentieth and C21.

Coventry’s exhibition is comprised of more than 20 collage works which reference and conflate two outdated cultural forms, the ‘Old Comedy’ of Aristophanes with modernist, Bauhaus-like abstract compositions. The collage materials include lollipop-like sticks that have printed on them the crude humour that delighted huge audiences in ancient Athens. The jokes now seem lost to us as many of them ridiculed well known figures of that time, while others retain their piquancy.

Says Robert Upstone: ‘As a gallery, we’re interested in old and new art, and believe that to make sense of it you have to let it sing together. Keith Coventry, a contemporary artist who responds to and develops prototypes of early constructivist modernism with brilliant dialogues and diverse references, is close to an embodiment of this ethos.’

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