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Ian Hamilton FINLAY



Born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1925, Ian Hamilton Finlay lived and worked in Scotland until his death on March 27th, 2006. He is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery in London and the Gallery David Nolan in New York.

Ian Hamilton Finlay is one of the best known and most respected contemporary artist. This Scottish poet and sculptor encompasses neoclassic elements into his works, constantly exploiting the past in order to take advantage of all its poetic and philosophical potential. His poetic themes and images are particularly well illustrated in Little Sparta, an outstanding garden that he designed and built on his own property in the Pentland Hills near Edimburg.

As a conceptual artist, Finlay experiments with concrete poetry using words, slogans and print in the majority of his works. Following his first publication in 1958, he founded his own publishing house, Wild Hawthorn Press.

His « La revolution devrait faire pour le peuple ce que le cubisme a fait pour le couteau, la fourchette et la cuillère » was created for the first edition of La Biennale de Montréal in 1998. During this event, it was presented as a series of posters inserted in Morris columns accross the city; 75 copies were printed. Bringing words and senses together is astonishingly poetic; the amusing relationship that links revolution, cubism and ustensils rings true. Copies of this edition have been acquired by various institutions including the Cirque du Soleil in Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Tate Gallery in London and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Hamilton Finlay
LA REVOLUTION DEVRAIT FAIRE POUR LE PEUPLE CE QUE LE CUBISME A FAIT POUR LE COUTEAU, LA FOURCHETTE ET LA CUILLERE
1998
Silkscreen on Rives paper
Edition of 75, numbered and signed by the artist
121,9 X 96,5 cm
35 available
$800 (unframed) 

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