Keith Coventry East Street Estate 1994
Bridget Riley Nataraja 1993
One of the nice aspects of this hang has been that we can put young artists next to senior artists. Normally senior artists tend to be represented only when they first emerge, but of course they continue to work throughout their lifetimes. Here we have two works which on the face of it speak to each other in terms of their geometric forms, but whereas Bridget Riley is concerned to let the eye dance across the canvas in the way that she organises her interwoven strips Keith Coventry is using the ground plan of a London housing estate to make a painting which talks both about urban London and about the abstract tradition.