September 1974

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
9.9 x 9.9cm, 2pp. A diamond pattern is reproduced in pink and grey. The title refers to the brightly patched or patterned character from commedia dell'arte and Finlay was interested in the paintings of Picasso where such characters were portrayed. Finlay in other works such as La Belle Hollondaise (itself a Picasso painting) displays patches as the main elements in the work: a patch is a repair to save something from being destroyed and in the poet's works is an icon of love or care. VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1974.
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. Artist postcard with two drawings by Martin Fidler) which are similar to those jokes often seen in children's comics. The first is "The Mexican Navy - and the image could be seen as both a carrier with circling aircraft and wave AND a sombrero. the second drawing is similar and entitled Sombraero (an alternative spelling of the hat) where the planes appear to be crashing onto the carrier. VG+.

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Munster: Westfalischer Kunstverein, 1974
22.2 x 16cm, 100pp plus card covers. Artist's book which coincided with a second museum exhibition by Boltanski in Munich within 18 months - this time the show being titled "Affiches, Accessoires, Decors, Documents photographiques".
The 49 photographs are all of Boltanski's comic performances in a suit pretending to be various parental and grand parental figures and sometimes the younger Boltanski. Sometimes the backgrounds are painted - further making the fact that the performance are theatrical and each group of photographs is preceded by a text with details of the "play". Texts including an essay by Klaus Honnef in German, French and English. VG+.

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Copenhague:Berg, 17 septembre 1974
29 x 21cm, 1pp. Original carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg thanking Boltanski for agreeing to publish an artist's book with the latter and John Hunov and that a maquette is being prepared for the project. He also thanks Boltanski for the invite card from Munster and says he will order the publication being released at that exhibitiion. VG+.
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Copenhague:Berg, 17 septembre 1974
29 x 21cm, 1pp. Original carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg to Westfalischer Kunstverein requesting a copy of the exhibition catalogue/artist's book.

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N.p. (Nailsworth): Moschatel Press, 1975
10.2 x 5.7cm, 4pp green outer cover and bound in (string) is a folded white sheet with the vertical four word text "SNOW SAIL DROP FLAKE". A visual poem with the double meaning of the fall of a sail (a Snow is also a type of boat) and the fall of a snow flake. VG+ . Rather scarce.
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Original printed envelope.

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Paris: Boltanski, 4 septembre 1974
29.7 x 21cm, 2pp Original handwritten letter in blue ink from Boltanski thanking Berg for his "bravery" in buying a painting from a young artist from a strange gallery.
Boltanski mentions Annette Messager's book and says he is very happy to create a book with Berg and announcing that he will soon send a maquette for the publication.
Boltanski says he has a new idea for works - a series of "burlesque" images of sketches (which are to be photographed - one being displayed in the work at the Munster Kunstverein.
He then sends his best wishes to Berg's wife, has good memories of his trip to Copenhagen and hopes to return one day.

A further handwritten addition from Annette Messager thanking Berg for his support and saying that she is working hard.
Both notes are signed by the writer.

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