December 2001

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 2001
4.4 x 7.5cm, 4pp, Artist's card issued as a Christmas card - names of five boats Christina-11, Christmas Rose, Columbus, Corina-II and Conucopia and their port registration symbols are reproduced from a list elsewhere. The name of Christmas Rose is highlighted in pink. Other Xmas cards and prints have emphasis this boat as a symbol of the festive season. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 2001
180 x 35cm., 100% lamb's wool scarf with embroidered text. One corner of the blanket is stitched in such a way that one corner is permanently folded back. The title "ART IS A SMALL ADJUSTMENT" hints at the minimalism of the work. A Xmas gift from Finlay to friends - there were two colour variations in the wool colour - dark blue and light brown - this is one of the latter. VG.

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Koln/Dessau: Walter Konig/ Anhaltische Gemaldegalerie, 2001 25.5 x 20.5cm, 208pp plus boards. First edition of this artist's book with 101 images (collaged from xerox images by Boltanski) and texts in French, German and English from people who knew Boltanski printed opposite to the images on some pages. The pages with the images are printed on semi-opaque paper and backed by black blank sheets to cause a ghostly effect. As ever the images in the collages are taken from the artist's own collection of vintage photographs usually found in flea markets and in unidentified photo-albums.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Dessau, Nov. 2001-Jan. 2002. VG+.

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Glasgow: Wax366, 2001BR> 8.4 x 13cm, 2pp artist postcard issued near the British bonfire night - November 5th. The tradition of remembrance of the "Gun Powder Plot" where Guy Fawkes planned to destroy the British parliament as a rebellion against the Protestant leadership. The word EMBER is shown in red on the card within the NOVEMBER - a reference to those bonfires. VG+.

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Belper: Aggie Weston's Editions, 2004
19.4 x 13cm, 68pp plus boards and dustjacket. Place ribbon. One of the last books published in Finlay's life time which was based on collected aphorisms and one line poems taken from notebooks (blue jotters) in which he wrote down ideas and single lines. Edited by his friend and long time collaborators Stuart Mills and Colin Sackett. One of 500 copies printed. VG+.
JOINT WITH:
15 x 10.5cm, 1pp, compliments slip from the Aggie Weston press which has a lengthy handwritten note from Mills to Paul Robertson which talks about the enthusiasm for the book and how well it was received by the likes of the Tate Gallery. In original torn posted envelope.

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Glasgow: The Herald, 2001
60 x 39.8cm, 12pp (self cover) - a broadside newspaper article on a new anthology of concrete poetry in the Weekend Supplement by Barry Gordon. with a large colour image of the older Finlay who the journalist picked out because of his Scottish roots.
The picture shows Finlay in a Rangers training top - which as someone with a lifelong hatred of the bigotry of Rangers and Celtic was a disappointment but years later Eck Finlay told me his father had just grabbed it rushing out for the photograph and was embarrassed it was in the shot. Maybes aye, maybes nah. VG+.

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Warsaw: Centre for Contemporary Art, 2001
27 x 14.5 x 4.8cm, two part rubber stamped thick cardboard box content of:

WITNESS. 10.5 x 14.5cm, 32 2pp postcards bound as a book with wrap around cover. Each card in b/w displaying shots of the public installations "Witness" - enlarged eyes on posters around the city.
REVENIR. 42 x 29.8cm, 4pp artist's book (magazine) consisting of a group photograph of young men (possibly a sport club) and three enlarged faces from the photograph. Folded to fit the box.
UNTITLED (CHINESE PORTRAIT). 42 x 29.8cm, 4pp artist's book (magazine) consisting of a double sheet image of the enlarged eyes and two enlarged faces which appear to be Chinese faces. Folded to fit the box.
Two booklets - CHINESE PORTRAIT/ PORTRAIT CHINOIS- each 18 x 12.5c, 32pp. Text only in English and French with a short text by curator Magdalena Abakanowicz. The work WITNESS is briefly discussed with Boltanski placing the works around the city when he realised there was very little in the way of record of the Warsaw Ghetto.
UNTITLED - eight sheets - each 30 x 21cm, folded and bound together by a paper band - text in Polish. One sheet has some recent b/w portraits of the artists.

BOLTANSKI. 20 x 14.5cm, unpaginated (c. 48pp) printed on semi-opaque and opaque papers with some of the sheets fold outs. Minimal text with full colour images of the various works exhibited in the show. Hard printed boards.
An extensive exhibition catalogue with artist's booiks/publications included. VG++ condition and somewhat hard to find.

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Paris: Yvon Lambert, 2001
20 x 13.5cm, folded size. Opens to 60 x 80cm approx. Artist designed poster with a photograph of Monk being covered by some of his artist's books by Sol Lewitt. The image is very similar to a famous promotional image of Ed Ruscha covered in his own books. This copy is unusually signed in pencil by Monk on the reverse of the poster. Fine although folded as issued.
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Paris: Yvon Lambert, 2001
84 x 60cm, artist designed poster and announcement with a b/w photograph of Monk posing after the famous photograph of Ed Ruscha covered in his books (although here Monk is covered in books by Sol Lewitt). Folded for posting as issued – this example is signed in pencil by Monk. The exhibition showed six films by Monk relating to Lewitt. Fine.

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