Exhibition Catalogues

Warszawa : Galeria Zacheta, 1995
21 x 15 x 6cm, grey printed card slipcase content of 22 volumes of pamphlets from different participating artists in this large exhibition in the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the second World War. Each volume is 21 x 15cm, pagination varies. Finlay's booklet is 21 x 15cm, 24pp plus wrappers. String bound. It includes various images of works including Inscription (a quote by Mathiez on Robespierre) shown on a blackboard, and Sundial as well as a stone inscription with a text taken from Finlay's Detached Sentences on The French Revolution. Most of the works displayed were inspired by Finlay's fascination with the events in France after the fall of the Bastille.
The sundial has a latin inscription carved into it - E-CAELO. That translates as "Out of heaven" - which clearly refers to the sun rays that hit the gnomon and create the shadow. Other artists include Christian Boltanski, Jochen Gerz, Anselm Kiefer, Jannis Kounellis, Gabriel Orozco, Arnulf Rainer, Lawrence Weiner amongst others. All booklets are in VG+ condition. The outer slip case (being very fragile and cheaply made) is a little torn and battered in places. A scarce publication especially complete.

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Edinburgh: Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2015
25./4 x 23.3cm, 64pp plus boards. First edition of this photobook by Finlay collaborator Gillanders with 31 black and white photographs documenting Little Sparta, in Scotland, accompanied by an essay by Gillanders and an Aafterword by Alec Finlay. VG+.

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Little Sparta/London: Wild Hawthorn Press/Victoria Miro Gallery, 2007
16 x 28cm, 44pp plus embossed white card covers. Posthumously printed almost to the day one year after Finlay's death, this is an ornate and rather lovely exhibition catalogue which displays ten neon works each full page and with high gloss varnish, other text works in embossed raised text also on highly glossy stock and a short essay by Stephen Bann. Appropriately high production values for the very last publication from the Wild Hawthorn Press. VG++.

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London: Acquarium, 2003
32 x 22cm, manilla envelope with printed title label content of two stapled handouts - one 30 x 21cm, 14pp and the other 30 x 21cm, 26pp. Text only - the exhibition was in two parts - one of a collection of Finlay printed works and the other a concrete poetry exhibition from the collection of William English. Staples somewhat rusted else VG+.

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St Ives: Tate St Ives, 2002
16 x 19cms, 84pp, plus original boards. Exhibition catalogue for a major exhibition of works related to the sea (a major theme in Finlay's output and also relevant to the siting of the St Ives Museum). Thirty plates of works in colour and essay by Tom Lubbock. There is a slight white mark to the boards but else VG+.

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London: Redfern Gallery, 2001
20,.4 x 21cm, 24pp plus card wrappers. Exhibition catalogue displaying Boulton's watercolours of two gardens - one being the Villa La Pietra in Florence and the other being Little Sparta. Colour images throughout. VG+.

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Bielsko-Biala: Galeria Bielsko, 2000
19.5 x 21cm, 132ppl plus blue boards. Exhibition catalogue for a show of artist's postcards by Finlay from the collection of Stanislaw Drozdz. Essay by Piotr Rypson. Many card reproduced in colours. There is a glossery at the back translating many of the English words on the cards into Polish. VG+.

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NYC: Nolan/Eckman Gallery, 2000
19 x 124cm, 52pp plus covers and pictorial dust jacket. An exhibition catalogue of mostly stone sculptures with Greek /classical themes although one sculpture is from the French revolution inspired works. 26 b/w full sheet images of works and short texts. VG+.

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Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 1977
30 x 21cm, 16pp (self cover). Exhibition catalogue for a show of artist's books curated by Simon Cutts, Erica Cutts and John Janssen. Nine of Finlay's books are included and illustrated in the catalogue. Punched as issued for storage else VG+.

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Peninsula and Van Abbemuseum, 1996
20.5 x 25.4cm, 80pp. Printed green cloth boards. Exhibition catalogue for a major group show of public works which includes many important artists including Robert Barry, Thomas A Claek, Hamish Fulton, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Long, Hans Waanders, Lawrence Weiner and others including Finlay.
Finlay's work is ICI ON DANSE - which is a neon based on the inscription found at the Bastille one year on when the site was transformed into a faux forrest and monument for a celebration. The slogan comes tfrom a translated text by Camille Desmoulins who can be credited being one of the people who initiated the attack on the prison which is usually regarded as the start of the actual French revolution. VG+.

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NYC: Nolan / Eckman Gallery, 1996
16.5 x 18.5cm, 28pp. Original printed boards. Artist's book and exhibition catalogue with 7 tipped on colour lithographs - one of a boat and the other 6 of patterned images that seem abstract but are different images of "reef knots" - drawn by Gary Hincks - the ropes that drop from the sails allowing them to be tied up and the area of the sail reduced if required. These images were also released as a print portfolio. The names of the boats that the different sails are taken from are printed opposite every image - the different styles make the prints attractive and each is printed in a different dominant colour. Only 350 such books were printed.

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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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