John Latham
Film Star 1960

Artwork details

John Latham 1921–2006
Film Star
Date 1960
Medium Books, plaster and metal on canvas
Dimensions Object: 1600 x 1981 x 228 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1966
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

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This work was titled Film Star because it appeared in Latham's film Unedited Material from the Star. It incorporates books whose pages have been painted in twelve colours. Because the books can be opened at different pages, the work can exist in different states. The film consists of static shots of opened books. During production, Latham would stop filming at various points, turn the pages of the books, and start filming again. When the film is shown, the books appear suddenly to open, close and change colour.

April 2009

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