September 1993

Little Sparta: Finlay, 24th September 1993
An original vintage xerox 30 x 21cm, 1pp with a round robin letter from Finlay to all of the Saint-Just Vigilantes.
The letter thanks all those who wrote to the Scottish Arts Council to support Finlay in his battle against the Strathclyde region. However Finlay informs his supporter that the SAC have decided not to make any further statements on the matter other than their replies to those letters. SAC had suggested that Little Spartas legally become a Trust but Finlay points out that is not possible given the region's extant legal actions. He also indicates that any impression that the SAC was helping the financial upkeep of the garden was not true - they had offered a "very small sum of money" with conditions attached which made it impossible to accept.

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Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1993
80 x 59.5cm, full colour lithographic poster with an image of a Boltanski photograph of a model traditional Japonese building. SLight handling creases else VG.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
11.4 x 8.9cm, 4pp card with a photograph variation by Antonia Reeve of the Upper Pool in Little Sparta printed black on green along with a poem:

Cascade

The one
water

sings its
separate

small
pop-songs

as it
falls

A cascade has a double meaning - falling as the water does here - and in music - a descending melody. Finlay finds both appealing. This is apparently a variation of a Louis Zukofsky poem. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
17.7 x 6.3cm, 4pp card printed black on yellow with inside a poem:

Folds in its Meadows
melodeon

The homage is to the Russian avant garde painter Mikhail Larionov - one of his works was of an accordion player - the "folds" in its meadows being the billows of the instrument. One of two cards of similar design - the other being for the painter Viktor Borisov-Musatov. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
17.7 x 6.3cm, 4pp card printe black on blue with inside a poem:

Balsa & Tissue
TWILIGHT

The homage is to the Russian symbolist painter Viktor Borissov-Mussatov who painted colourful scenes of domesticity. The poem here will no doubt be related to one of the works by the artist - but at this point we cannot identify that work. One of two cards of similar design - the other being for the painter Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
12.4 x 8.2cm, 4pp card with a drawing of a fountain by Gary Hincks on the front and internally a poem "(words for a fountain)":

. . .

rising?

falling?

brimming

which perfectly describes the constant movement of the water. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
5.4 x 3.9cm, 4pp card with a typographic design the text ~"Fire Coming On Will Discern And Catch Up with all Things" run together and shaped into a lightning strike. The text is a quote from Hereclitus who also wrote "Thunder Bolt Pilots All Things" - a reference to Zeus the most senior of the Gods. The quote is a threat of what will happen to the unjust and the shape a clear hint at its origin.
This is the second of two cards with the same text and the same design but the font is much lighter than in the previous card. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
5.4 x 3.9cm, 4pp card with a typographic design the text ~"Fire Coming On Will Discern And Catch Up with all Things" run together and shaped into a lightning strike. The text is a quote from Hereclitus who also wrote "Thunder Bolt Pilots All Things" - a reference to Zeus the most senior of the Gods. The quote is a threat of what will happen to the unjust and the shape a clear hint at its origin.
This is the first of two cards with the same text and the same design but the font is much bolder in this one than in the later card. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1993
14.5 x 11.5cm, 2pp card with a photograph by Pia Simig of a photocopying machine in b/w. Below the image Finlay has added "COPYING_MACHINE-gun" - the sound of an old fashioned copier when set to repeat is somewhat similar to that of a machine gun shooting bullets quickly and repetitively. VG+.

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Glasgow: Tramway, 1993
21 x 15cm, 4pp announcement and invitation card with the image of a lost glove on the front and on the back a blurred photographic portrait of a unknown man (presumably one of the workers made redundant from Boltanski's research for this exhibition and installation. VG+

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