Latham's art and theory were consistently experimental from the late 1950s, including investigations into conceptual art and performance art as well as paintings, assemblages, films and videos. His concept of Event-Structures, which was central to his theories, represents a complex proposition suggesting the realignment of social, economic, political and aesthetic structures around a ‘time-base' mode of thinking progressing from what Latham termed the ‘least-event', to complex social and political structures in which a critical role is played by the artist, Latham's ‘Incidental Person'. In 1966, with his wife Barbara Stevini, Latham created the Artist Placement Group, a sociological and aesthetic programme for placing artists in positions within industry, science and government so that they might generate alternatives to divisive systems of power.
John Latham: State of Mind (exh. cat. by J. Harten, R. Brooks and J. Stezaker, Düsseldorf, Städt. Ksthalle, 1975)
John Latham (exh. cat. by T. Measham, London, Tate, 1976)
John Latham: Early Works, 1954–1972 (exh. cat. by R. Hamilton, London, Lisson Gal., 1987)
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