February 1983

Dunsyre/Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, (1983)
7.8 x 8.2cm outer folder content of eight 7.8 x 8.2cmm 1pp cards. Each of seven cards (the eighth is a colophon) suggests single word changes to lines from Ovid's Metamorphoses to alter the meaning of the line and a drawing by Gary Hincks. As often Finlay enjoys the effects of minimal changes to cause maximum effect. Arguably a colleciton of artist's postcards but the cards could not stand alone so we agree this is categorised as an artist's book. VG+

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17.7 x 12.7cm, b/w vintage silver gelatine print displaying one works hanging in the artist's studio - part of his Grotesques series where figurative sculpture were made from bits of wood and discarded items such as buttons and photographed. On the reverse is a label indicating the title and the date of the photograph. Photographer unknown.

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17.7 x 12.7cm, b/w vintage silver gelatine print displaying three works hanging in the artist's studio - part of his Grotesques series where figurative sculpture were made from bits of wood and discarded items such as buttons and photographed. On the reverse is a label indicating the title and the dates of the photographs (the two left and right being 1982 and the one in the centre (Composition enchantee) from 1982. Photographer unknown.

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12.7 x 17.7cm, b/w vintage silver gelatine print displaying four works hanging in the artist's studio - part of his Grotesques series where figurative sculpture were made from bits of wood and discarded items such as buttons and photographed. Some handwriting on reverse for use in reproduction including date and title. Photographer unknown.

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17.7 x 12.7cm, b/w vintage silver gelatine print displaying three works hanging in the artist's studio - part of his Grotesques series where figurative sculpture were made from bits of wood and rubbish and photographed. Label attached on the reverse with details. Photographer unknown.

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Littel Sparta: Finlay, 6th February 1983
30 x 21cm, original xerox copy of a statement quoting the text of a telegram sent by Ian Hamilton Finlay to the Chief Executive of Strathclyde Region. The text reads:
LITTLE SPARTA 6 2 83 1400 HOURS STOP LITTLE SPARTA ACKNOWLEDGES MESSAGES OF SUPPORT RECEIVED DURING FRIDAY'S SUCCESSFUL BATTLE INCLUDING TELEGRAMS FROM LONDON PARIS BERLIN STOP LS OFFERS IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL DEFENCES IN EXCHANGE DISCUSSIONS WITH STRATHCLYDE REGION STOP LS ALLOWS DISCUSSIONS TAKE PLACE UNDER TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LS SR AND SAC STOP.

A proposal for the Scottish Arts Council to help mediate a solution to the dispute between the Region and FInlay. Later Finlay would feel the SAC had betrayed him (and art) by refusing to take a stance.
A the bottom of this leaflet is the text "FERME ORNEE ARMOURED TANK" and a rare (reproduced) drawing by Finlay of a haystack with a stick protruding from it (to look like a tank).

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Little Sparta: Finlay, 4th February 1983
An original vintage xerox 30 x 21cm, 1pp campaign leaflet handed out by the Saint-Just Vigilantes during protests against the Warrant Sale of works taken from Finlay's Temple by Strathclyde region. Facsimile of Finlay's handwriting the text "despises that entertainment industry known as The Arts, all silent and absent, acquiescent art critics, all collaborating artists (Houston, Moffat, Morgan, etc) NEW NUREMBERGS AWAIT THEM, all unbureaucratic bureaucrats and their eccentric last stands on horrible Stalinist principles."
"Little Sparta supports: the right to live under present laws, the right to remain within Great Britain, the right to act in the light (and shade) of traditional Europe."
LITTLE SPARTA: AN IMAGINARY GARDEN WITH REAL POLICE"

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