John Latham made this artwork out of books, plaster and metal. He painted the pages of the books twelve different colours, and the books can be opened at different pages -so the artwork can look different to how you see it now. He made a short film using the painting, where the books open and close on different pages. There aren’t any people in the film – maybe that’s why he called the painting Film Star, because the painting is the star of the film!
Have a think about this artwork – does the title change the way you see it? What do you think it represents? Are these the open mouths of baby birds waiting to be fed, or half eaten hamburgers that have been thrown onto the ground? Use the space below to write the story behind the artwork, or tell us about how you would use the artwork in a film.
© The estate of John Latham (noit prof. of flattime), courtesy Lisson Gallery, London