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Skoob

96 x 27 x 8 1/2 in. (243.8 x 68.6 x 21.6 cm)

John Latham
British (Zimbabwe, 1921 - 2006, London, England)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Mixed Media
Credit Line: Bequest of Mildred Baker
Accession Number: 1999.36
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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]

Marks
Handwritten and underlined by hand in black paint on verso: Throw Out

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013


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