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In the early 1970s, Latham devised a series of ‘One Second Drawings’, of which this is an example. In them, he returned to the issue of representing his idea of a ‘least event’. Latham produced a set of instructions which specified that 60 ‘drawings’ were to be created, one per day, by spraying a piece of white blockboard for one second with black acrylic paint. The numerical sequence in the title of this example (17” 2002) records the time of its execution (the 17th second of the 20th minute of the second hour), followed by the date (14 December 1972).

September 2016