August 1989

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1989
28.6 x 34.5cm, black on white lithograph with two texts describing paintings. Folded sheet that opens to 28.6 x 70cm. The first - A guitar, a wine bottle, the bust of a goddess - we believe is a work by Picasso, the second text an updating of the first - A wine bottle, a pair of binoculars, a gun - is possibly a description of a Saint-Just vigilante waiting for agents of Strathclyde Region to arrive (in reality they did not have guns apart from perhaps a water pistol).
The print was issued during the exhibition Nature Morte at the Galerie Philimene Magers in Koln. VG+.

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Moscow: Maison Centrale de L'Artiste, 1989
11 x 15.5cm, printed envelope in red and black on cream content of four different postcards with images of the exhibition and two 21 x 15cm, 2pp leaflets with texts in French and a reproduction of two press articles in Russian.
The exhibition catalogue in unusual format for a group show of French artists which included Boltanski, Daniel Buren, Sophie Calle, Robert Filliou,, Paul-Armand Gette, Jean le Gac, Annette Messager, Philippe Parreno, and Sarkis amongst others. The images on the cards do not seem to include any obvious Boltanski work. All VG+ in slightly word and minorly torn envelope.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1989
22 x 17.5cm, 20pp plus card wrappers and printed dust jacket. texts by Finlay are reproduced in English and French in a typographic only design. Later these works were reprinted as large posters and exhibited at the 369 Gallery in Edinburgh.

THE BLADE STAINED WITH BLOOD IS NO MORE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION THAND THE ALTAR STAINED WITH BLOOD IS GREECE AND ROME.

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WE WILL VIEW THE FRENCH REVOLUTION MORE SYMPATHETICALLY IF WE SEE THAT THE FACTIONS REGARDS THEMSELVES AS SOVEREIGN NATIONALS IN A STATE OF WAR.

Finlay both admires the unerring purpose of the Terrorists / revolutionary and sees both the purity and the rot within at the same time. The French translations were by Yves Abrioux. VG+.

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Bremen: Neues Museum Weserburg, 1989
84.3 x 59.5cm, full colour lithographic offset exhibition poster with an image of a Boltanski memorial work with biscuit tins and photographs. VG+.

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