Ian Hamilton Finlay papers, ca. 1948-1993 (bulk, 1967-1992).


Finlay, Ian Hamilton. Ian Hamilton Finlay papers, ca. 1948-1993 (bulk, 1967-1992).

Ian Hamilton Finlay papers, ca. 1948-1993 (bulk, 1967-1992).

The Ian Hamilton Finlay archive assembled by Simon Cutts, provides a record, through letters, manuscripts and printed pieces, of the work of the Scottish concrete poet, garden designer and controversialist. The collection primarily contains printed works by Finlay: mail art cards, pamphlets, posters and broadsides, and small books, most printed at his Wild Hawthorn Press, 1958-1989, and correspondence, 1948-1993, with friends, collectors, and fellow artists such as Derrick Stanford (1948-1952), Simon Cutts (1968-77), Ronnie Duncan (1978-1986), Graeme Murray (1972-1988), Karl Torok (1972-1977). Manuscripts, maquettes, dummies and models for projects, 1963-1989, with photographs and transparencies of early and abandoned works and works in progress, 1965-1989, document the creation of a range of his projects, mostly printed works. Reviews and press clippings of Finlay's "polemical affairs, wars and battles," along with printed works he created while fighting his battles, illustrate the dispute over the publication by the Fulcrum Press of his "The Dancers Inherit the Party," his dispute with the local authorities over the designation of his "garden temple" as an art gallery, and the controversy accompanying Finlay's commission, subsequently revoked, to design a bicentennial garden at Versailles, 1969-1989. Also included in the archive are catalogues and invitations for exhibitions, contributions by Finlay to magazines, books and exhibition catalogues, and critical writings by others on Finlay.

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Finlay, Ian Hamilton

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Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener. Much of his work on paper was issued through his own Wild Hawthorne Press, which he founded in 1964. From the description of Collection of printed material from Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977-1990. (University of Illinois-Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 301555191 Scottish concrete poet and garden designer, born 1925. From the description of Thonier : watercolor print, nd. (Unknown)...

Cutts, Simon, 1944-

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Biographical/Historical Note Ian Hamilton Finlay is a Scottish artist best known for his concrete poetry, his gardens which incorporate poetry and sculpture, and his penchant for controversy. He was born in 1925 in the Bahamas. His family returned to Scotland when he was a child and he was, briefly, educated there. He left school at 13, and served in the army (RASC) beginning in 1942. After WWII, Finlay began to write short stories and poetry...

Gardner, Ian

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Torok, Karl.

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Duncan, Ronnie

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Murray, Graeme I.

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Stanford, Derrick.

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