February 1992

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1992
11 x 15.5cm, 1pp card. A drawing by Wes Christensen of a modern man and a classical Greek man both holding up a leaflet. The text below the drawing asks "Which figure in in Costume?". The card simply seems to bring to attention that modern dress is as much a common costume as that of antiquity - which is a tad uninteresting but there you have it. We do not know the exact date of this card - our best guestimate based on the collaboration is 1999. VG+.

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Berlin: Berliner Kunstlerprogramme des DAAD fur das Heimatmsuem Berlin- Mitte, 1991
16.7 x 12cm, 32pp (self cover). Museum exhibition catalogue for the major project where Botlanski and a team discovered all that they could find about a "missing house" ie a house that was demolished by bombs in the second world war. The project was meant to be temporary but after the closing of the international exhibition that it was created for, the enthusiasm of the local population led Boltanski to leave the work in situ although part of the original exhibition in the museum had to be taken down.
The house at Grosse Hamberger Strasse 15/16 was also the subject of the ornate and complex artist's book La Maison Manquante 1992 (one of the most difficult to find books by the artist).
This brochure was written for visitors to the space and details the story of the occupants (including found photographs and documents) in an open and accessible manner. This example is in VG+ condition although an adhesive barcode is found on the inside back cover.

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London: ICA, 1992
14.5 x 15.5cm, 28pp plus card covers and printed light brown dustjacket. Exhibition catalogue of ten large bronze sculptures most of which relate to Finlay's interest in the French revolution. Ten duotone images are tipped onto pages. The exhibition then went to Yorkshire. VG+. Minimal text.Endpapers have a short musical phrase which (I think) is from La Marseillaise.
JOINTLY INSERTED (AS ISSUED):
14 x 14cm, 8p accordion fold insert with a commentary in English by Stephen Bann. VG>

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1992
21.0 x 8cm, 2pp. A valentine's day card with several images of a flower with the petals slowly being lost until the last has gone leaving only the stalk. Much like a lover may decline a traditional question associated with valentine's day the words he loves her/he loves her not are repeated in turn until the petals have all gone. A final flower here with all the petals unplucked however rescues the day and the card announces "he loves her".
There was a companion card that reverses the gender of the words also released by Finlay at the same time. The drawing was by Gary Hincks. VG+

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