Iranian/British artist Barbara Steveni died yesterday, at the age of ninety-two.
Steveni and her husband John Latham formed The Artist Placement Group, which initiated and organized ‘placements’ for artists in industry or public institutions. To the mutual benefit of both, artists conducting research, worked on projects and realized art works outside of the limitations of galleries and their studios. The APG was founded in 1966 and remained active into the eighties.
Over twenty artists - including Ian Breakwell, Stuart Brisley, Barry Flanagan, David Hall, David Toop, and Anna Ridley - were installed in “residencies” within outfits such as British Rail, British Steel, the London Zoo, and the National Coal Board. The APG also published print-based interventions in the magazine Studio International.