John LathamBoy-Girl 2004

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Artist
John Latham (1921‑ 2006)
Title
Boy-Girl
Date 2004
MediumPhoto-etching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 803 x 598 mm support: 997 x 792 mm plate: 807 x 605 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Anne Best 2005
Reference
P79063
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Summary

This is one of a suite of etchings, entitled 5 photo etchings, that Latham produced in collaboration with artHester Editions. The suite of prints refers to two series of works. The first four images – Tadpole-Taffrail (Tate P79062), Boy-Girl, Ben (P79064) and Presumed Level of Abstraction (P79065) – derive from Review of a Dictionary, a long-term project that Latham began in the mid-sixties. For this project, Latham photographed illustrated pages from a dictionary and other text books, and subjected the photographs to various experiments in the dark-room. Developer thrown on the exposed printing paper, or a match lit to over-expose a part of the print, resulted in blob-like forms appearing on the photographic surface, partly concealing and partly highlighting the original text. Latham used these altered prints as the basis of silkscreens and screenprints on a variety of media including canvas… (read more)

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