July 2005

Edinburgh: Ingleby Gallery, 2005
23.5 x 16cm, 2pp invitation card for one of Finlay's last exhibitions. A poem by Edwin Morgan for Finlay's 80th birthday (a fine work) is reproduced on the back. VG+.

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Edinburgh: Inverleith House, 2005.
14 × 27cm, 32pp plus typographic green card covers. Artist's book with various textual works issued on the occasion of an exhibition where the same texts were printed on the walls of the gallery. It felt old - there was not much new in the show and it appeared a lazily curated affair. The book is similar - really an anthology of older work. It could be argued to be an exhibition catalogue but given the lack of commentary we have placed this as an artist's book albeit one that really isn't that great (the works are of course great but all having been seen before in other contexts). In less than one year's time Finlay would sadly be dead. One of 1,000 copies, VG+.

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Edinburgh: Inverleith House, 2005
23.5 x 18.3cm, 6pp (single folded sheet). This was Finlay's last solo publicly funded exhibition while alive which was a shame as it was pretty poorly put together and showed previous work simply put on the wall as adhesive texts. The invite here as a portrait of the artist in his last years, and two works and also promoted an exhibition in the private Ingleby Gallery and the Scottish Poetry Library as well as visits to Little Sparta. VG+....

Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2005
13.5 x 15.5cm, 46pp plus card covers and French folds with attached audio CD. Under the pseudonym Amicale des temoins, Christian Boltanski created his poetic-conceptual project Entendre Les Chiens (Listen to the Dogs) for the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003. During the exhibition, he emitted a recording of the sounds from an island of feral dogs--who are kept away from the city of Venice on the island Lazzarretto Vecchio - from a series of speakers hidden throughout Venice. Interview in German/French and English by Hans Ulrich Obrist. This example is one of a small number of signed books. VG+.
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NYC: White Columns, 2005
14.8 x 10cm, 2pp colour postcard with an image of a New York post box where the card was posted. One of a long series of similar cards sent from all over the world. This example is hand addressed to Paul Robertson by Monk and has been signed by Monk in ink on the reverse. VG+ although a couple of paper scuffs due to the mailing process.

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