John Latham: Anarchive

2 Apr 2010 – 5 Sep 2010

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 21:00

Cost of entry


Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Liverpool Street

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The remarkable archive of British artist John Latham (1921—2006) is explored through this exhibition of his work and papers. Latham had a visionary outlook that questioned scientific thought. An important contributor to the Destruction in Art Symposium, 1966, and a founder member of the Artist Placement Group, 1966-89, he created performances, paintings, assemblages, sculptures and films. This apparently eclectic practice was united by his concept of Event Structures and Flat Time Theory. Through his experimental and radical work he linked science and art, proving influential in both fields. The exhibition explores the fundamental concepts that shaped his art, also including material from Flat Time House, the artist's residence and home to the John Latham Archive. A highlight of the exhibition are the six rarely seen videos entitled Targets which were commissioned for Channel 4 in 1984 as part of the Dadarama series. These were designed as an intervention to the channel's main programme and depict Latham's theory through the combination of figurative and abstract sequences.


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