June 1987

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
76 x 58cm, red on white silkscreen print. The line drawing of a guillotine blade has the word LACONIC on it. A laconic person is someone who uses few words - and the falling of a guillotine not only ends a conversation but also the coversationalist. The red is blood of course.
The image we have used here is from a publication - the print we hold is framed in wood and glass and hard to image without reflections - but the work is in VG+ condition.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
four gr 13.8 × 15cm, outer folder with printed tipped on label and inside a 9pp (printed recto only) accordion folded sheet with drawings of four gravestones and two plans of the installation for a memorial garden for Annetee von Droste-Hulshoff (1797 - 1848), a 19th-century German writer and composer. The drawings were by Gary Hincks. This is one of two booklets relating to the proposals for a memorial. Unusually for Finlay's proposals both publications might be regarded as artist's books in this format but we have placed them in the same section that the Wild Hawthorn Press used for their listings. VG.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
10.2 × 47. 5cm, 4pp single sheet of paper in in unprinted paper folder. The sheet when opened is 10.2 × 95cm. B/w offset lithograph with a proposal for a path entirely made of bricks with the word "Virgil" on them, on the left are texts - the first is a quotation which says "With only slight exaggeration one / might say that Virgil 'discovered' the evening...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
76 x 58cm, black on white silkscreen print. The line drawing of a guillotine blade has Marshall McLuhan's famous dictum "THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE" on it. It is hard to think of a medium having a more sharp message than this agency of death. Black is used as a colour reference to death.
The image we have used here is from a publication - the print we hold is framed in wood and glass and hard to image without reflections - but the work is in VG+ condition.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1987
63.5 x 24.6cm, b/w screenprint with two drawings by Gary Hincks one above the other. The first is a tower of army drums which leans to the left, the second the same drums but leaning to the right. The drums are a reference to the martyred young drummer boy Bara. Under the first drawing is the word CLASSICAL and under the second, NEOCLASSICAL. The secondary visual correspondence is to architectural columns. VG.

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London: Audio Arts, 1987
13 x 33.5cm, 1pp - folded. The colour insert for the audio arts magazine - without the cassette - which features Finlay's breakthrough A View to the Temple installation on the cover (guillotines with etched text on blades). The actual magazine did not feature Finlay on the tape so this is cover only. VG+.

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