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96 x 27 x 8 1/2 in. (243.8 x 68.6 x 21.6 cm)
(Zimbabwe, 1921 - 2006, London, England)
Medium and Support:
Bequest of Mildred Baker
Location: Not currently on view
John Latham was a conceptual artist both acclaimed and vilified during his lifetime. In the early 1960s, he began working with books as his medium (“skoob” is “books” spelled backward). Infamous for a performance piece in which he turned a tower of books into a raging inferno, he also created relief structures with cut and burned books emerging from plaster on canvas. "Skoob" was bequeathed to MAG by Mildred Baker, a patron of the arts who lived at the legendary Chelsea Hotel on 23rd Street in New York City for over 50 years.
[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]