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Ian Hamilton Finlay

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Coble, 1998 © Courtesy of Arnolfini
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Installation view, 2013 © Courtesy of Arnolfini / Photo: Stuart Whipps
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Installation view, 2013 © Courtesy of Arnolfini /Photo: Stuart Whipps
Ian Hamilton Finlay

16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA
United Kingdom
July 20th, 2013 - September 8th, 2013
Opening: July 20th, 2013 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk
COUNTRY:  
United Kingdom
EMAIL:  
Jack.Lewis@arnolfini.org.uk
PHONE:  
0117 917 2300
OPEN HOURS:  
Bank Holiday Mondays, Tue-Sun 11-6
TAGS:  
prints, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

This exhibition will present works by Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925 – 2006), one of the most prominent post-war British artists, with a special focus on his printed projects.

Finlay was a poet and artist. His sculptures, stone works and neon signs combined language and landscape, and expanded the idea of how words can be used and distributed. Initially associated with concrete poetry, he was above all a publisher, founding Wild Hawthorn Press in 1961, which produced a great many publications, often very small in scale. The ephemeral nature of these poem cards, lithographs and booklets was intentional, and Finlay understood publishing as an ongoing process of exchange.

Along with an extensive selection of Finlay’s published works, prints and posters, magazines and books, the exhibition presents a series of interventions by contemporary artists and writers, including Will Holder, Christian Flamm, Beatrice Gibson and Jason Dodge, who reflect the artist’s ongoing influence today. This will culminate in a weekend of events at the end of the exhibition including performances, readings, talks and discussion. The exhibition also includes a series of six sculptures by Finlay in the grounds of the music venue, St George’s Bristol as an offsite project, which was installed permanently in 2002.