May 1991

Charleston: Spoleto Festival, 1991
21 x 14cm, 52pp plus original wrappers. Artist's book which displays 345 b/w images of the claimed belongings of a young woman in Charleston (the town of the Festival). One of several such artist's books surveying a student's entire inventory - shown without comment in a quasi-archival manner. Much as with the appropriated photographs of unknown people Boltanski uses an anonymous subject, In fact one cannot be sure that this is even a real person and not an accumulation of found items. Boltanski was part of the Festival exhibition "Places with a Past: new Site Specific Art in Charleston". The photographs are credited to Beth Dinoff by an attached label at the back of the book. VG+.
Referenced in Flay Boltanski Catalogue Page 200.
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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1991
43 x 41cm, four colour offset lithograph with a reproduction of the painting "The Poor Fisherman" by Puvis De Chavannes - however the mast of the boat has had a revolutionary cockade been added to it. - hence adding a political edge to the image more than the original solely religious intent.
This was a limited edition print issued at the same time as the exhibition at the Talbot Rice Gallery that examined the work in some detail and responses to the work.
There was also an exhibition poster for the show based on the same image and the cover of the exhibition catalogue and invitation to the vernissage.
Fine condition. Limitation unknown but usually 300 - 350 for Finlay prints.

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Edinburgh: Graeme Muray Gallery, 1991
5 x 1m, printed enamel lapel badge with metal safety pin clasp. The text is from one of Finlay's most famous works - EVENING WILL COME THEY WILL SEW THE BLUE SAIL - which was firstly created as a wooden sculpture in Finlay's garden and later was printed in two editions as prints. For a lengthy commentary on that work see the separate listing in this collection under Prints + Posters. Limitation unknown. VG+ example.

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Paris: Centre d'histoire de l'art contemporain, 1991
23 x 16.3cm, 188pp plus card covers. Exhibition catalogue for an exhibition of works from the period 1968 - 1972 which was given as a class project to a number of curatorial students. The book has essays about and images from Boltanski, Bernard Borgeaud, Andre Cadere, Paul-Armand Gette, Jean Le Gac, Annette Message, Gina Pane, and Sarkis. Some wear around the spine but else VG. Scarce.

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