Elisa Kay quote on John Latham: “there are many divergent ways …”

“[T]here are many divergent ways in which one could introduce [John] Latham’s work or try to sum up his achievements. When the artist attempted to do this himself, he would invariably start in 1954 with the spray gun, but you would end up somewhere different every time. Despite the incredible diversity in his work, there’s an extraordinary and highly unusual constancy to it, which springs from the ubiquity of his theoretical ideas. Constancy, but not necessarily clarity; the very same artists who have cited Latham as an important influence have often, in the very same breath, declared their lack of understanding of the ideas that underpinned his practice” (67).


Kay, Elisa. “John Latham.” Flash Art. Vol. XLIV, No. 280, October 2011, p64-67.

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2 thoughts on “Elisa Kay quote on John Latham: “there are many divergent ways …”

  1. I always love it when reviewers or writers can celebrate diversity in one’s work–especially in an age when mass production has found its own special expression in the art world. To explore takes courage and faith, me thinks.

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