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John Latham
John Latham (b. Rhodesia 1921 d. London 2006) first visited The Gallery 65a Lisson Street in July 1974, where he viewed the exhibition ContemporaryArt and met the artist partners Vaughan Grylls abd Nicholas Wegner. Together they developed a work entitled Offer For Sale, exhibited at The Gallery that November. A Y shaped display stand of duo faced panels 48x60in, freestanding, centre locked with 72in chrome supports, the work featured the Offer For Sale documents of the Allied Polymer Group (APG) and The Artists Placement Group (apg) in parallel around the screens. This account of artists social role was delivered in the concise graphic format becoming The Gallery house style. 

Further projects followed between  the Artist and The Gallery. With Rosetta Brooks and Juergen Harten Nicholas Wegner organised his first retrospective Zeit und Schicksal/Time and Destiny at the Stadtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, and produced his exhibition Work in Progress, Tate Gallery July 1976. THE Time Base Roller a twelve feet long cylinder with unfolding script was installed in The Gallery in January 1976. It also staged the first presentation of Government of the First and Thirteenth Chair in May 1978. This was complemented by Erth 2  a 60x60in panel enlarged from an original collage 6x6in made with extracts from an Australian travel book and Hasselblad booklet of the Earth provided during a stay for a stomach tract operation in 1976. Documents and display units are held in the Cv/VAR Archive. The artist is represented by the Lisson Gallery London and New York, his estate by the John Latham Foundation.















Art Forum Opening March 1976
Cv/Top John Latham Roberta Kravitz
Bottom Roy Grayson Stephen Willats

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