March 1983

Dusseldorf: Galerie Schmela, 1983
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card with a reproduced Beuys' drawing in b/w on the front. Verso gallery details. A example stamped "Presse 11.00 uhr" on the back in red ink else VG+.

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30 x 21cm, 1pp original carbon copy on typing paper.
A copy of a letter sent by Finlay to the Chief Executive for Strathclyde Region.
The letter informs the Chief Executive that the works that were removed by the Sheriff Officer were not entirely Finlay's property, but part owned by an US institution.
Finlay raises the possibility that the US might invade Scotland from the Clyde bases to regain their property (an amusing canard) and then rants agains the Region but in a witty and amusing manner.
This is one of four such letters written on the same day by Finlay to various bodies. He was on a roll. Each (see other entries in this section) is a funny and often drole piece of trolling (before the word trolling was invented for this purpose).
Copies of the letter are noted as having been sent to Andrew Brown, Ian Gardner, Wadsworth Atheneum and Sol Lewitt (Finlay claims he had part ownership of the "stolen" works.

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30 x 21cm, 1pp original carbon copy on typing paper.
A copy of a letter sent by Finlay to the Secretary of State for Scotland.
The letter informs him about the "theft" of the works by the Sheriff Officer from Little Sparta. Finlay announces that the garden at Little Sparta is now closed because of the Region's actions. he also points out that some of the works taken were part owned by other institutions who were now considering legal action against Christie's and the Region to recover their property. Finlay says that that is wrong - that the US institutions should really be consulting the Pentagon. Finlay tells the SOS that he will now defend himself by any means necessary including should it be necessary "sleeping in our Wellies".
In conclusion Finlay accuses the SOS of licensing a "rabble: and calling it a "Region", "You have gone too far.".

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30 x 21cm, 1pp original carbon copy on typing paper. A copy of a letter sent by Finlay to the Cultural Attache at the American Embassy in London.
The letter informs them that several works on loan to Little Sparta from the Sol Lewitt Collection in the Wadsworth Atheneum had been "stolen by officers of Strathclyde Region". The works Finlay believes were then "handed to the art dealer's Christie's. This is not the branch of Christie's which rumour has linked with the Mafia." Finlay states he asked for the works back but Christie's refused.
Finlay being Finlay reported the "theft" to the police who "made it clear to me that they were unlikely to take action." Other institutions also refused help, Finlay states that the Sheriff Officer Alexander Walker "though he prefers to be known as Sandy" was the main "robber" and that Walker is known to be leaving the country "today".
Finlay does not actually ask the Embassy to take any action - but it is inferred as a theft against an US establishment. The letter is really a bit of fun which Finlay can use later for press attention. Well worth reading.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
13.3 x 15.6cm, 1pp black and red on white artist's card with a photograph by John Stathatos. The image is of the table in the Garden Temple on the day Strathclyde Region removed candlesticks TERROT and VIRTUE from Finlay Garden Temple as a poinding ac tion to regain the money they claimed they were owed for unpaid rates. the posed photograph also has a copy of a sheet entitled "La liberte ou la mort 1989" - a study of the rhetoric of the French poet Roche. The title in MUrray's catalogue Raisonne is "LIBERTY, TERROR & VIRTUE" but that is perhaps not correct. VG+.

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Eindhoven: Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1983 16.5 x 16.5 x 16.5cm, cubic artists’ book content of 924pp. Self cover. Texts by James Lee Byars and Piet de Jonghe. Some b/w illustrations of works., The famous artist’s book issued in 500 copies on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum. VG+. ...

JAMES LEE BYARS. PARIS 1983 Paris: ARC, Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1983 15 x 10.5cm, 2pp gold on black typographic announcement card for a major museum solo show. VG....

Paris: ARC, Musee d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1983 22 x 22 cm, 332 pages, exhibition catalogue/artist’s bookwith many blank pages between which are sprinkled Byars’ epigrams with some illustrations in black and white of works. Slight grubbiness to wrappers....

N.p. (Dayton, OH): Canal Street Tavern, 1983 28 x 21.5cm, 1pp black on white small poster with a design by the artist for a show of videos of rock bands which include the Woodstock Festival, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Loving Spoonful, Mitch Ryder and Young Rascals. VG....

Stuttgart: Galerie Brigitte March, 1983 11 x 15.5cm, printed card envelope doubling as exhibition invitation, content of two photos printed on glassine paper - both 13.4 x 18.4cm, Apocalisse nel deserto (by Agnetti) and Titus Andronicus / Iphigenie (by Beuys) Envelope stamped with oversized Hauptstrom rubber stamp impression (possibly offset printed). VG+....

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1983
18.4 × 20.3cm, 1pp, black and red on white card. The quotation from Saint-Just is presented as if they had been carved in separate stones and there is an instruction "Cut around outlines. Arrange words in order." - reflecting the way that the quotation suggests change is inevitable and that causality requires some degree of chaos. The drawing is by Nicholas Sloan.
This work is also found at Little Sparta as one of the largest of the installations to be found there - with the text actually carved into large stones on moorland. VG+.

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30 x 21cm, 1pp original carbon copy on typing paper.
A copy of a letter sent by Finlay to the J. N. Young, Assistant Director of Finance for Strathclyde Region.
The letter informs Mr Young that much like the way Strathclyde Region had demanded proof of ownership of any works taken from Little Sparta if they were to be returned on the basis that they were not entirely Finlay's property, that he, Finlay, will now apply the same logic to "any of your property" should he "happen to find himself in possession of it.".
Finlay then wrote "Some might think that the Region has not only engaged in theft but is proposing a kind of Instant Abolition of all Property - no doubt an enlightened policy but is it one which is to be expected from Stalinist Populists?"
A hilarious letter with copies sent to most members of the Saint-Just Vigilantes.

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