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John Latham’s confrontations with authority

He is the best post-war British artist you've never heard of

By John McTernan  

John Latham's 1960 work Film Star

John Latham is probably the most important post-war British artist you have never heard of. His admirers range from Nick Serota, Director of the Tate art museums and galleries, who was pouring tea at Latham’s wake, to Damien Hirst, who admiringly said “He [Latham] proves it is possible to be an enfant terrible for ever.” Latham’s former house, turned into a gallery after his death, closed its doors over the weekend.

Why was Latham so obscure? Partly, it was the longevity of his…

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