September 1995

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1995
11.3 x 14cm, 2pp, Artist's card with a photograph of a fishing boat. The title of the card is "The Annunciation, After Fra Angelico" which is a famous fresco in Florence showing an angel telling the supposed virgin Mary that she is pregnant. VG+. We do not know for certain but it may well be that the vessel's name is "The Annunciation". VG+.

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Kiel: Galerie Sfeir-Semler, 1995
11.5 x 10cm, 4pp, Artist's card with a photograph by Robin Gillanders of a piece of rusted corrugated iron against a wall in Little Sparta under which Finlay has placed the word LYRE. The ruts in the iron look like the various lines of a stringed lyre.
This is in fact an announcement card for an exhibition of ceramic jars, slates, neons and paperworks by Finlay in Germany. For some reason it is been mis-categorised as an artists' card in the WIld Hawthorn Press; listings of artist's card and while it is indeed an original card work we have returned it to the correct designation. VG+.

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Nurnberg; Germanisches National Museum, 1995
18.5 x 12.5cm, 72pp plus grey boards with polarised image of a school class. Exhibition catalogue and artist's book issued during the solo show in the German city where the title school class was photographed in 1931. The book then displays each of the faces from the group photograph one after another in close up - with the blurring tending to make the visages ghostly. Of course, one does not know the fate of these Jewish people - but it is very likely many were murdered by the Nazis. Essay in German. VG+.
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Stuttgart: Hatje Cantz Verlag,1995
27 x 25.5cm, 228pp plus pictorial card covers. A major monograph of Finlay's public works issued at the same time as the exhibtion: "Ian Hamilton Finlay: works, pure and political" held at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, 7 Sept. - 26 Nov. 1995, There are 95 b/w images and texts in German. Edited by Zdener Felix and Pia Smilig. VG+.

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