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(1925 – 2006), Bahamas

Ian Hamilton Finlay Biography

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Ian Hamilton Finlay was a philosopher, sculptor and poet who reinvigorated the classical tradition in his art. Finlay's diverse production encompassed a variety of creative forms including prints, poems, books, inscriptions, neons, sculptures, permanent installations and landscape design, all celebrating the sustaining power of words. The purest kind of conceptual artist, Finlay was sensitive to the formalist concerns (colour, shape, scale, texture, composition) of literary and artistic modernism. In 1961 he founded Wild Hawthorn Press with Jessie McGuffie, mainly to introduce contemporary artists to Scotland, and which over the years came to concentrate exclusively on Finlay's printed works. His lifetime's work - Little Sparta, a garden in Scotland, begun in 1966 - most fully realises the movement of words and language into the world. Ian Hamilton Finlay died 27 March 2006, aged 80.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay Recent Exhibitions

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Ian Hamilton Finlay Represented By

Ingleby contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Edinburgh
KEWENIG contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany KEWENIG Berlin, Palma
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, New York, Venice

Ian Hamilton Finlay In Related Press

An Eye for Words: Concrete Poets at the Getty Related Press An Eye for Words: Concrete Poets at the Getty 3 June 2017, Hyperallergic

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space at the Getty Research Institute, reveals the wealth of the GRI's holdings. Curated by Nancy Perloff, assisted by Christina Aube, this small but int

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'Protest:' visual autonomy Related Press 'Protest:' visual autonomy 27 October 2016, Aesthetica Magazine

Victoria Miro stages a group exhibition by artists concerned with socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the language of protest as a means to explore its potency. Inspired by Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition draws together new...

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Power to... the art of protest Related Press Power to... the art of protest 19 September 2016, The Guardian

In repressive states, the role of the artist is unambiguous: to assert the individual imagination, the singular power that all dictatorships fear. I remember once talking to the Czech dissident and writer Ivan Klima, who had been subject both to the arbitrary horror of a Nazi concentration camp as a child and the long grinding years of Soviet...

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Ian Hamilton Finlay 90th Anniversary Marked By Exhibition At Victoria Miro Related Press Ian Hamilton Finlay 90th Anniversary Marked By Exhibition At Victoria Miro 25 June 2015, Artlyst

Victoria Miro presents an exhibition of the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) marking the 90th anniversary of the artist's birth. A philosopher, sculptor, poet and gardener, Finlay drew on and reinvigorated the classical tradition. This exhibition, curated by Pia Maria Simig, features work Finlay created in response to the French...

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