March 1985

NYC: Michael Werner, 1985 30 x 21cm, unpaginated (24pp) plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue with four b/w images of works and one in colour (tipped on). VG. ...

NYC: Mary Boone, 1985 27.5 x 23.5cm, 20pp + 2pp black endpapers and card covers also in black with gold foil stamping. Exhibition catalogue displaying four works all full colour and one double page and a full page photographic portrait of Byars wearing his gold suit while standing on rocks. Short essay by Remo Guidieri. Very good +....

London: Barbarian Press, 1985
32 x 21cm, 12pp (rough edged paper) plus card covers and printed dustjacket. Letterpress printed. Artist;s book which has 80 epigrams and aphorisms by Finlay on a wide range of issues. There are four on concrete poetry, for instance,:

The Muse of concrete poetry reverse Mnemosyne's gift: depriving the poet of song, she gave him sweet eyesight.

Concrete poetry was less a visual than a silent poetry.

The conrete poets regarded language itself as rhetorical.

COncrete poems were thought childish because they were seen but not heard."

This is a charming and musing book with no central theme so can be dipped into at random. It was one of only 150 numbered copies. VG+.
Strangely Murray has this book twice in his catalogue raisonne - once in 1981 (which is erroneous) and again in 1985 - which is correct.

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Firenze: Zona Archives Outside Projects, 1985 10.5 x 15cm, 1pp. Announcement card for a series of installations placed in “secret” throughout Florence. Other artists include Daniel Buren, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Terry Fox, General Idea, Jenny Hozer, Barbara Kruger, Sol Lewitt, Maurizio Nannucci and Lawrence Weiner. Fine. ...

Bruxelles: Editions Lebeer Hossmann, 1985
21 x 14.5cm, 64pp. Original printed wrappers. A curiosity in that the first half of this book is a short story by Harding followed by a text on the work of Finlay and Sarkis in French issued on the occasion of an exhibition LITTLE SPARTA & KREIGSSCHATZ in Chapelle Sainte-Marie, Two colour photographs and 16 b/w images of sculptural works and works in Little Sparta by Marius Alexander. An artist's book? An exhibition catalogue? We have decided the latter. VG+.

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