John LathamDerelict Land Art: Five Sisters 1976

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Artist
John Latham (1921‑ 2006)
Title
Derelict Land Art: Five Sisters
Date 1976
MediumWood, photographs, glass jar and shale
Dimensionsobject: 1219 x 1829 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Reference
T02071
On loan to Longside Gallery (Wakefield, UK)

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In 1966 Latham founded the Artist Placement Group with Barbara Steveni, Jeffrey Shaw and Barry Flanagan, to set up ‘placements’ for artists within organisations and businesses. The intention was that, by sharing skills, artists would play a more active and influential role in society.

In 1975-76 Latham undertook a placement with the Scottish Development Office. He was invited to come up with a plan for dealing with ‘bings’ or huge heaps of coal waste. Recognising that the bings had an ‘immaculate and classical nature’, Latham recommended they be preserved as monuments, thus eliminating the need for their costly removal.

February 2010

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