John Latham

Canvas Events

This publication introduces a never before exhibited series of works by the late British artist John Latham (1921–2006).

The group of work – Canvas Events – features spray painted and twisted canvas on wooden stretchers.

The works challenge the conventional relationship between canvas and stretcher, turning the traditional site of the painting into a sculptural field.

Latham often worked with spray paint; he often described the dotted sprinkled result as miniature universes.

Reproductions of the 1994 Canvas Events are accompanied by a conversation between Latham, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Barbara Steveni , in which they discuss the artist’s work over time.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition John Latham: Works 1958 – 1995 at Karsten Schubert, London, May – June 2010.

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