September 1990

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (c. 1990)
30 x 42, 1pp offset printed green on white site map of Little Sparta by Gary Hincks with a number of "Detached Sentences on Gardening" and a key to major works. The map predates the later extension to the garden and grounds such as the formal garden with the bee hives - we estimate this was created c. 1990. The map was given to visitors to Little Sparta. Folded for storage else VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1990
23.6 x 15.9cm, 4pp folding card. A uncredited (although looks like Gary Hincks' style) painting of a Liberty Tree but here with chains and locks around it (the American and French revolutionary symbols did not have any locks but were just trees left free to grow). Under the tree Finlay has added the names of the French and other critics who had disingenuously and erroneously accused him of being anti-semite. A simple visual poetic attack on his enemies. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1990
13.6 x 8.9cm, 4pp light brown outer folder. Internally a 13.6 x 8.9cm, 4pp sheet with a poem:

Sackcloth

Stars
woven
in

The stars are compared with the rough hew of the flax cloth.

This is one of a series of works which the Wild Hawthorn Press denoted as "Poems in folders". VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1990
19.5 x 11.8cm, 4pp light brown outer folder with a drawing of a piece of turf. Internally a 19.5 x 11.8cm, 4pp sheet with a poem:

GOLDEN AGE

golden fields
golden flocks
golden flutes
golden hedgerows
golden hives
golden honeycombs
chuckie-stone currency

The repetition of golden initially refers to the light at the end of a summer day but turns into the colour of bees and their honeycombs. The abrupt last line is the key to the poem - a chuckie-stone is a stone that is thrown by children. The poem is a memory of a "golden age" when everything appeared bright and new.

This is one of a series of works which the Wild Hawthorn Press denoted as "Poems in folders". VG+.

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Hamberg: Hamberger Kunsthalle, 1990
100 x 68.5cm, full colour offset lithographic exhibition poster with an image of a major installation of the Swiss Dead. VG+.

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Nagoya: ICA, 1990
30 x 21cm, 32pp plus printed card wrappers. Exhibition catalogue for Boltanski's first one person show in Japan for 20 years (he had previously taken part in a film festival in 1970. Installing a mixture of older and new work in the entire museum - there are 16 installation views in colour here plus an essay in English and Japanese by Fumio Nanjo. VG+.
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Aachen: Neueraachenkunstverein, 1990
21 x 15cm, 20pp. Card covers and printed green dustjacket. Exhibition catalogue for a solo show of mostly printed editions. Ten works reproduced in colour and b/w. Essay by Pia Simig in German. VG+.

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Eindhoven/Grenoble: Van Abbemuseum/Musée de Grenoble, 1990 (not printed on the publication which as a facsimile has the original 1975 publication details on it)
21 x 29cm, 32pp plus card covers. First edition, with black tape spine, of this artist's book which displays the various comic performances by Boltanski where he pretended to be various parental and authority figures in a child's life and common scenes relating to those figures - additionally the artist had painted various backgrounds for each scene. Twenty-two b/w images reproduced in the book, two per page. The performances were Le baiser honteux, La premiere communion, La visite du docteur, L'anniversaire, La toilete du matin. Two b/w images of the artist on every page.
This is the second edition of the book (published as part of the Reconstitution Box) which is exactly the same as the first edition apart from the black tape on the spine found on the original is not here - which is unhelpful to dealers and collectors. However this example is not just VG+ it is signed in ink by Boltanski on the inside cover. The first edition is extremely hard to find, this second edition much less so.

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