Image John Latham with Robbie Kravitz at Art Forum Opening March 1976
The Gallery archive.
JOHN LATHAM AT THE GALLERY
Edited by N.P.James
Format: 210x148mm 54pp ill. GBP14.99
Published 25th May
John Latham (b. Rhodesia 1921 d. London 2006) first visited The Gallery 65amLissonStreetin July 1974, where he viewed the exhibition Contemporary Art and met the artist partners Vaughan Grylls abd Nicholas Wegner. Together they developed a work entitled Offer For Sale, exhibited at The Gallery that November. AY shaped display stand of duo faced panels 120x150xm freestanding centre locked with 180cm chrome steel supports, the work featured the Offer For Sale documents of the Allied Polymer Group (APG) and The Artists Placement Group (apg) in parallel around the screens. This account of the social role of the artist was delivered in the concise graphic format of The Gallery house style.
Further projects followed between the artist and The Gallery. With Rosetta Brooks and Juergen Harten The Gallery organised the first retrospective Zeit und Schicksal (Time and Destiny) at the Stadtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf. With Tate curator Terry Measham it produced an exhibition Work in Progress, Tate Gallery July 1976. THE Time Base Roller a fourteen feet long cylinder with unfolding script was installed in The Gallery in January 1976. It also staged the first presentation of Government of the First and Thirteenth Chair in May 1978. This was complemented by Erth 2 a 150x150cm panel enlarged from an original collage 15x15cm made from extracts of an Australian travel book and Hasselblad booklet of the Earth provided to the artist during a stay for a stomach tract operation in 1976.
The monograph includes a transcript of The Story of RIO (Reflective Intuitive Organism) recorded with the artist in 1991. Documents and displays are held in the Cv/VAR Archive. The artist is represented by the Lisson Gallery London and New York, his estate by the John Latham Foundation.
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