September 1984

57 x 10 x 44cm, etched glass on custom made wooden stand. The concrete poem is made up of a number of anagrams of the word "DAZZLE" although the word itself is not found on the etched glass plate. This is an unique sculptural version of a poem first published in 1979 as an artist's book by Finlay. The Dazzle ships were battleships in the second world war where zigzag patterns were painted on the side to help camouflage the outlines of the vessel. By showing all of the mixed up letters but not the original word Finlay is creating a visual poem abstracting the real life boats. We do not know the date of this work - we suspect it is from the 1980s. In VG+ condition,...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1984
10 x 10.5cm, 1pp artist's card with a drawing of a marble temple in a landscape by Mark Stewart below which Finlay has added a definition work:
TEMPLE, n, a marble edifice, a veined edifice; the sear or summit of reason.
and two quotations from Ovid's Metamorphses and Finlay's own Despatches from the Little Spartan War. In the former quote Philemon and Baucis have their hut turned into a Temple - which Finlay clearly regards as a similar process to his own renaming of a building on the estate as the Garden Temple. The second quote notes how Strathclyde raided the Garden Temple to take away artworks in lieu of what they claimed was unpaid rates. Clearly Finlay saw the second events as sacrilegious. VG+.

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Rotterdam: Galerie 't Venster, 1984
21 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card printed yellow and black with a shadow play image on the front and verso gallery details. VG+.

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Dusseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1984
15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with an unusual Beuys work on the front - a hanging mobius strip which filled the gallery space. Some of these cards were issued in a signed edition by Beuys but this is not one of them. VG+.

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Bonn: Galerie Klein, 1984
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp announcement card for a joint show between Beuys and Jonas Hafner. A b/w image of an upturned Beuys hat on the front with overwritten blue text has been signed by Beuys in pencil. VG+.

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