Latham, John, 1921-2006. (8 of 18). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1998-03-26 and 1998-04-06 and 1999-02-19 and 2000-07-18

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    Interviewer's home, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Latham, John, 1921-2006 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Steveni, Barbara, 1928- (speaker, female), Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8. John Latham (JL) returns to a discussion of the scientific and philosophic communities and the fallibility of the scientific quest through the limitations of language and understanding to reinforce his theory that art can be a more productive philosophic vehicle than the word. JL talks about Alex(ander) Trocchi in general terms and about AT asking him to put on a stripshow/performance at the Albert Hall making it clear that he did not have a close association with him. He does however describe his involvement in the Stigma event at Better Books as well as people's response to it. John Latham talks about his family and the purchase of their second home where he and Barbara Latham (Steveni) went to have ideas. At this point JL talks of his time at St. Martin's and a drug related incident caused by his friendship with Jeff(rey) Shaw, finally returning to the barn in Devon and the inspiration for the Hayward Gallery Art and Economics exhibition. JL talks about how he got his job at St. Martin's.

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