March 1981

NYC: Michael Werner, 1981 30 x 21cm, unpaginated (24pp) plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue with ten tipped on colour images of works (mostly sculptures). VG. ...

Munster: Westfalischen Kunstwerein, 1981 15 x 10.5cm, 4pp (horizontal fold). Announcement card printed in black on white for three performances by Byars in the Botanical Gardens - The Perfect Kiss, The Perfect Cheek and The Perfect Fragrance. B/w image of the Botanical Garden's greenhouse on the front. One yellow stain to inside of card else VG. This design and typography of the card is very similar to that of an earlier announcement by Byars in 1975 in Amsterdam’s Der Appel. ...

Dayton, OH: University of Dayton Rike Center Gallery, 1981 27 x 21.5cm, 2pp black on white announcement card/mailer with a typographic design for a group show which included Jud Yalkut, Arthur Chaffee, Judith Miller, Ken Nevadomi and Thomas Silver. Folded as issued - an unmailed example....

Munster: Westfalischen Kunstwerein, 1981 15 x 10.5cm, 4pp (horizontal fold). Announcement card printed in black on white for three performances by Byars in the Botanical Gardens - The Perfect Kiss, The Perfect Cheek and The Perfect Fragrance. B/w image of the Botanical Garden's greenhouse on the front. One yellow stain to inside of card else VG. ...

N.p: n.p, n.d.(c. 1982)
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp postcard with an installation view of Beuys' "Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977" (now in Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin). This example has been signed in black felt-tipped pen by Beuys on the front and stamped in red with a Hauptstrom impression. A little creased vertically and two punched holes on the left where someone has stored the card - else VG.

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Little Sparta: s.p. (Finlay), 3 March 1981
30 x 21cm, vintage spirit duplicate of a reply to Finlay from the Strathclyde Consumer Protection department: Finlay had asked the department to take up a complaint against the Region's own Financial Collection Agencies. The department indicates that they do not regard the "Wild Hawthorn Press" as an individual and therefore refuse to act on Finlay's complaint.
The xerox is a poor copy but legible.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1981
3.6 x 11.8cm, 1pp. A drawing by Gary Hincks after Flaxman's drawing/print "Apollo and Diana discharging their arrows" from 1792 is updated where the landscape is now of a war time harbour for U-boats and also part of Albert Speer's "Atlantic Wall". Finlay refers to the U-boats as "classical" in his text and there is thus both a literary and a visual reference to The Odyssey. Moreover, the two gods are referred to as "an Allied air raid is in progress" (the original Pope quotation has "They Bend the Silver Bow with Tender Skill and Void of Pain the Silent Arrows Kill"). The story of how the children of Niobe were killed by APollo and Diana because of her fertility-shaming of their mother for only having two offspring is turned into a story of revenge against the Nazis. VG+.

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