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John Latham
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by John A. Walker

The recent death of the British artist John Latham (1921-2006), who was perhaps best known in the U.S. for chewing and distilling a copy of Clement Greenberg’s Art and Culture in 1966-67, evoked my own memories of collaborating with Latham on a book project. It almost came to naught.  Back in December 1994, when my large-format, illustrated monograph on Latham’s art and ideas was about to be published by Middlesex University Press (MUP), the press received an alarming letter from Latham’s solicitor. He demanded that the book be withdrawn and threatened legal action if it was not.