July 1998

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
17 x 12cm, 2pp artist's card printed black on blue with a linocut by Gary Hincks after Ben Nicholson's Three Goblets. The linocut is similar to the original abstract work in that three rudders are shown overlapping in the design. A Coble is a North East English fishing boat with a long thin rudder which is reproduced here. This is the second of two cards with a very similar drawing was published at the same time in black on white. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
17 x 12cm, 2pp artist's card printed black on white with a linocut by Gary Hincks after Ben Nicholson's Three Goblets. The linocut is similar to the original abstract work in that three rudders are shown overlapping in the design. A Coble is a North East English fishing boat with a long thin rudder which is reproduced here. A second card with a very similar drawing was published at the same time in black on blue. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10 x 13.5cm, 1pp artist's card printed black on dark blue (perhaps reflecting the low light of the film room). Finlay tells the tale of how he would watch Captains Courageous (in the East Neuk of Fife) as a young boy and the cinema projector was powered by an old fishing engine which meant the children could hear the put-put throughout the film which was about Massachusetts fishing industry looking for cod. VG+.

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Glasgow: Wax366, 1998
20 x 12.5cm, 4pp folded card to create a small book. On the front the word SOMETHING SIDE-BY-SIDE NOSOMETHING has been hand-typed by Bellingham and inside the text: NOSOMETHING SIDE-BY-SIDE SOMETHING to create a concrete poem.
Bellingham did an unspecified number of these works by hand - a very early work. Signed on the back in pencil. A very early work by the artist. VG+.

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Valencia: La Imprenta Comunicación Gráfica, 1998
25.4 x 18cm, slipcase content of two volumes - both 25 x 17.6cm, 86pp and 212pp respectively plus blue boards. The ornate exhibition catalogue(s) for a major site-specific installation where Boltanski placed many objects and pieces of furniture in a former silo and offered them for sale. When any item was sold, a white sheet was placed over the object to create an ever increasing sense of being a mortuary. Additionally hidden audio speakers were placed among the objects, recounting personal stories and memories attached to each item. Some of the stories are recounted in this book. Essay by Jose Miguel G. Cortes.
Texts are in Spanish and Catalan, with an English summary in the first volume. Illustrated throughout in b/w. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10.5 x 14.1cm, 1pp artist's card printed black on grey. The text has a quotation from Heidegger's The Country Lane. Heidegger often walked a particular lane deep in his thoughts but this scene mentions how children he encountered made pretend boats from peeled oak bark and how "those play voyages knew nothing yet of journeys upon which all shores are left behind" - a consideration of how death is not a thought in the happy minds of the young. VG+.

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Paris: Yvon Lambert, 1998
42 x 30cm, 2pp small poster with an appropriated image of a man standing on his head but Monk has rotated the image such that the man supporting the gymnast is upside down and the acrobat is the right way up. Verso gallery details. This was Monk's 16th ever solo show and the first at Yvon Lambert's gallery. The poster is folded twice for mailing and is signed in pencil on the back by Monk. VG+.

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Glasgow: WAX366, 1998
10.5 x 15cm, 2pp. Full colour artist postcard by Finlay's former assistant but visual poet in his own right. A photograph of one of Finlay's toy boats seen from outside the building through the window is on the front, vwrso standard postcard design. The title references "Family of Saltimbanques " painting by Pablo Picasso in 1905 - an itinerant group of actors. ...

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10 x 6.5cm, envelope with printed label content of two 3.5 x 5cm 1pp folded cards.
The first card created by Thomas A Clark and Laurie Clark reads "FOLDING THE LAST LAMB" meaning the animals have been placed in a pen. The second card by Finlay reads FOLDING THE LAST SAIL" which has a double meaning of storing a sail and/or folding a sail around a dead sailor as a form of coffin before burial at sea.Both cards are folded - adding a physicality to the metaphors by altering the cards themselves.
This is the second version of Finlay's card - previously published by the Wild Hawthorn Press in 1997 in a larger size and alone but with an acknowledgement to the Clarks. This version has both the original card and its adaption.VG+.

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