IAN HAMILTON FINLAY - Bibliophile Publications from the Collection of Wilfried Wynants
M HKA, Antwerpen
12 May 2018 - 02 September 2018
The Scottish poet-publisher and visual artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was a figurehead of concrete and visual poetry. In 1958 the visual and poetic autodidact founded The Wild Hawthorn Press, which focused on the publication of the graphic work of Finlay: prints, cards and booklets. In addition to nature, traditional renderings of the landscape, the sea and shipping, his work evinces (ironic) references to 'critical' periods such as the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the historical avant-garde and the Second World War.
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A Pretty Kettle of Fish
Ian Hamilton Finlay, A Pretty Kettle of Fish, 1974. Book, booklet; ink on paper, 11.7 x 12.0 cm.
Romances, Emblems, Enigmas
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Romances, Emblems, Enigmas, 1980. Book, booklet; ink on paper, 14.2 x 8.5 cm.
The Mailed Pinkie
Ian Hamilton Finlay, The Mailed Pinkie, 1982. Book, booklet; ink on paper, 11.4 x 11.1 cm.