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 12 colours. Because the books can be opened at different pages, the work exists in different states. The film consists of a series of shots of the opened books so that they seem to be animated and appear suddenly to open, close and change colour.

September 2016

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