Friday, April 14, 2017

John Latham - a major figure? (104)

The Gallery
On Tuesday after my final session of the CityLit exhibiting course decided to stop off at Serpentine Gallery on the way back home - I generally enjoy the visits to this gallery not only because of the fantastic location but also because of the artists they show and the scale of the two galleries - the Sackler often providing new items in a unique setting.

The headline figure is a British artist (although born in Zambia) who was anew name to me - seems he'd been important but not a headliner grabber the way some of his contemporaries were - his name John Latham and in fact he only died about 10 years ago at the age of 84.
Books lovely books
A strongly coloured work

Latham worked in a variety of styles but much of his work considered the importance of books (it is said as a reaction the the destruction of some by Nazis).

As well as 'retinal art' though he was associated with the Fluxus group (the group included Yoko Ono and Gustav Metzger) and was a radical figure - subsequently his studio in Peckham has become an exhibition space and I hope to visit it soon.

More work from Latham

Latham even had something of a philosophical idea that he called Event Structure -

Deep or what?
Here's a clip where people who knew him speak about him and  his work -

(N.B. Skoob is Books backwards).


Another £1.10 takes us to  £135 15p

It's in Argyle Road W13 and perhaps not a duplicate road?

And hiding behind the car a nice Stained glass job

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