May 1999

Paris: Le Monde, 28 Mai 1999
46 x 32cm, 38pp. A single number of the important Parisian tabloid daily newspaper which has given a full page to Boltanski as part of a "carte blanche" art project. Boltanski has supplied a fiull page image on Page 33 of an appropriated vintage photograph of a young Jewish girl with a party hat and costume. The fete de Pourim is a commemoration of the saving of the Jewish people from Haman who had plotted a pogrom according to the Book of Esther in the Old Testiment. Often children would wear fancy dress which seems to be the story here. Apart from those visual clues - there is no other information about the image - a typical Boltanski strategy to disrupt narrative. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1999?)
8 x 20.5cm, 4pp outer folded with a black on deep blue drawing of the famous heavy cruiser. Internally there is a 8 x 20.5cm, 4p printed sheet with a poem:

PRINZ EUGEN*
Her nouns were round, her verbs were straight and swift

The poem sees the battleship as a sentence - the actions of this war machine are immediate and once presumes deadly, it's shape and form more aesthetic.
One of Finlay's poems in a folder although the format could be seen as a card. VG+.

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Glasgow: WAX336, 1999
7.3 x 15cm, 2pp. Artist's postcard with AHEAD on one side, and BEHIND on the other printed with white text on gray. Early concrete poem. VG+.

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Den Haag: Stroom, n.d. (1999)
27x 19cm, 62pp plus typographic wrappers. A book issued on the installation of Finlay's long planned public sculpture at the Hofvijver where an equally long neglected underground stream re-emerged after being polluted by passing through a municipal dump.
The campaign to improve the water and local environment was eventually successful and Finlay's plaque above the water "ET IN ARCADIA EGO" - usually translated into "I too was in Arcady: is a note that shamed the poverty of the water supply prior to its improvement. Tipped on colour photographs and b/w image throughout as well as texts in Dutch and English by Erik de Jong and Lily van Ginneken.
After some thought we have decided to place this book in the monograph section of this catalogue but it arguably could be an artist's book.

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Glasgow: Wax366, 1999
15 x 21cm, 2pp artist postcard with a colour image of Pavel Buchler reading a book on Marx and Engels upside down - a parallel to the idea that Marx (although we would argue Engels more) turned Hegel upside down. VG+

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
10.5 x 7cm, 4pp, black on brown artist's card with a poem from Finlay which is based on a Simon Cutts variation on an original by Samuel Palmer the landscape painter and poet:
loosing
the sheets

open-
ing the
hold

fold-
ing the
last

sail

As discussed elsewhere in these cataloguings, the folding of the sail is related both to maintenance of the boats but also the burial of sailors. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1999
8.9 x 10.2cm, 4pp, black on grey artist's card with text from Finlay about a broken plastic model of a Spitfire that has been put away in a cupboard. Finlay muses that as long as the model is not in the bin-bag but in the cupboard then "there is Hope".
Finlay then references Luke 9:62: "Jesus replied,'No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'" which encourages the reader to look ahead, be optimistic and not look back to past issues.
A homely which would not be out of place on the daily Radio 4 (UK) morning news section called " Thought for the Day" where religious and humanist ideas are broadcast. Hence the car title. VG+.

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