Latham, John, 1921-2006. (11 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)

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    Part 11. John Latham (JL) talks about the Lisson Gallery approaching him in the late 60's and his first show with them in the early 70's. He refers to its not being in tune with other exhibitions of the time and although it had Nicholas Logsdail's backing no sales were made. JL- continues talking about his continuing relationship with the gallery and refers to particular works. JL- talks of the mid seventies and his meeting the proprietor of Gallery London and how this develops into an exhibition. This leads on to more discussion of his theoretical approach to art and how this work related to the Hayward Gallery show of 1971, Art & Economics - which he goes on to describe. JL- returns to Gallery London and Nicholas Wegner and Vaughan Grylls. He talks of the negative impact his showing with GL had on his relationship with Logsdail and of his going it alone for some time. He describes this being a difficult time during which he had to move. As a favour Nicholas Logsdail took his work into store and this restarted their relationship in the mid to late eighties. John Latham discusses current discussions that he is planning or is undertaking with the Royal Academy and Imperial College. This leads on to his talking about Gallery House and the production of Big Breather and the Time Based Roller which he describes at length. This leads on to his discussing his view of young artists and changes in contemporary practice.

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