New artwork in the collection – "Untitled (City Wall market scene)" by Charles Avery
Charles Avery's "Untitled (City Wall market scene)", 2020 is the second work by London based artist to enter the collection of the Lewben Art Foundation. Avery’s work can be found in the collections of Tate, London (UK); Arts Council England Collection, London (UK); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Edinburgh City Art Centre Collection, Edinburgh (UK); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL); and David Roberts Art Foundation, London (UK), amongst others.
Through an extended series of meticulous drawings and bold sculptures, artist Charles Avery has created a fictional land simply called “the Island.” Avery’s entire body of work since 2004 has been devoted to the exploration and expansion of the customs, people, and cosmologies of this imagined place.
Most recently, he has focused on the capital city of Onomatopoeia, where its denizens (who resemble humans) attend art openings, ride bikes, and wear clothing that resists identification with any single era, country, or culture. By conjuring this ahistorical, apolitical world, Avery addresses themes of utopia, dystopia, and globalization.