May 1975

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 19975
3 x4.5cm, copper and brass plated aluminium medallion with chain. With a design by Ron Costley (which originally was created for the exhibition Heroic Emblems) of a tank above which the title text - a reference to Zeus and his lightning bolts is set. The original quote comes from Heraclitus: "the Thunderbolt that steers the course of all things".
All of the Heroic Emblems showed modern machines (mostly of war) in reference to Classical myths. Originally boxed with leaflet but this example does not have those elements. Edition size not known but very hard to find.

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Brussels: Musee d'ixèllés, 1975
10 x 21cm, 1pp typographic announcement card for a major group exhibition which had contributions by all major European artists including Andre, Artswager, Ben, Beuys, Boltanski, Buren, Byars, Christo, Filliou, Huebler, On Kawara, Kienholtz, Ono, Panamarenko, Spoerri, Tuttle and Weiner amongst others. Harald Szeemann curated the show. This card has been signed by Beuys top right in red ink and stamped with the Haupfstrom impression in blue. VG+.

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Bruxelles: Pour Magazine, 1975 21 x 30cm, 2pp announcement leaflet for an edition of 28 works in a box issued in support of POUR - a radical political publication which Beuys often raised money for it by various events and editions. This leaflet was unfolded and signed by three of the artists - Beuys (who also has added a Fluxus West rubber stamp impression in blue), Panamarenko and Klaus Staeck. Two of the works found in the box are shown in b/w - Beuys photographs and Christo's wrapped edition of POUR as well as an image of the outside of the box. Really a paper edition as well as announcement this is not found in Schellmann Beuys Multiples although other editions related to POUR are to be found as Nrs 143 and 144....

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1975)
15.3 x 15.3cm., blue and green handpainted on white ceramic tile with the the name of a boat SHEPHERD LAD and its registered harbour - Inverness - and number. Often shown as part of a triptych consisting of Zephyr, Shepherd Lad and Amaryllis. One of only 100 made. VG+....

Dunsyre: Little Sparta, 1987 15.3 x 15.3cm, hand-painted yellow on white ceramic tile displaying the title Concrete poem. One of a group of three such tiles each with the name of a boat alongside its official registration number (Buckie in the North East of Scotland). Often shown as part of a triptych consisting of Zephyr, Shepherd Lad and Amaryllis. One of only 100 made. VG+. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1975)
15.3 x 15.3cm., blue on white ceramic tile with the the name of a boat ZEPHYR and its registered harbour - Inverness - and number. FInlay has referred to the boat name before - it clearly has positive implications for sailors given a zephyr is regarded as a sort of bonus wind to speed up a journey. When one looks up the background of the boat one finds that it was "Built at Dunbar in 1969. (A) scalloper owned by John MacAlllister Ltd of Oban. Throughout his artistic endeavours Finlay always felt the need to return to the sea, - much like a scalloper. One of only 100 made. Scare. VG+ Murray has this as 7.51. .

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Antibes: Arocaria Editions, 1975
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp b/w artist's postcard with an image of the artist with his ventriloquist's dummy - Boltanski is pretending to hammer a nail into the wall as if he is a father attempting DIY. Verso publisher's info and standard postcard design VG+.

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Antibes: Arocaria Editions, 1975
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp b/w artist's postcard with an image of the artist with his ventriloquist's dummy during a performance. The artist is trying to feed the dummy but it appears to be refusing to eat. Verso publisher's info and standard postcard design VG+.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1975
15,5 x 17.6cm, 6pp folding card printed on one side only black on pink with a drawing of three partially blown dandelion seed heads by Laurie Clark. The French title means flower clock - and the partly distributed seeds on the heads of the drawing remind one of a coded time - - perhaps a quarter before four?

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