Published by Lisson Gallery. Text by Pavel Pys, Laure Prouvost.
British conceptualist John Latham (1921–2006) began using books as a medium in 1958, extending his earliest spray-painted canvases into the third dimension with reliefs in which books emerged from plaster on canvas. This catalog marks the first focused representation of this seminal series.
Published by Koenig Books. Edited by Amira Gad, Joseph Constable. Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Yana Peel. Text by Rita Donagh, Amira Gad, Richard Hamilton, Katherine Jackson, Elisa Kay, Adam Kleinman, Noa Latham, David Toop, Barbara Steveni, Cally Spooner.
John Latham (1921–2006) is widely considered one of the pioneers of British conceptual art.
His work encompassed sculpture, installation, painting, ?lm, land art, engineering, assemblage, performances and happenings and theoretical writings; he is probably most famous for his burning book towers (“skoobs”) and his light-show collaborations with Pink Floyd. The incredible diversity of Latham’s work was part of a lifelong quest to understand our place in the universe.
The first comprehensive volume on this cult artist, John Latham: A World View traces the trajectory of Latham’s practice and brings together archival material, including documentary photographs, texts, correspondence and various ephemera, in order to build a picture of the artist’s life and work.