John Latham’s cosmos and mid-century representation

Rycroft, Simon (2016) John Latham’s cosmos and mid-century representation. Visual Culture in Britain, 17 (1). pp. 99-119. ISSN 1471-4787

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The conceptual artist John Latham (1921 – 2006) is sometimes cast as disconnected to the currents of British visual culture. Latham’s idiosyncratic cosmology based upon time and events and incorporating human creativity rather than matter and energy is used to distinguish this disconnection. However, this paper argues that his work can be seen as closely related to that of other mid-century cultural producers who were engaged with alternative cosmic speculations, and part of a broader shift in the register of representation. Papers from the Latham digital archive help make this case.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: John Latham, mid-century, Skoob, conceptual art, cosmology
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
Depositing User: Simon Rycroft
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 10:14
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2023 14:32

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