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In the News (Wed 24 Apr 19)

  
  Mark Scroggins on Ian Hamilton Finlay
Finlay too was a poet, but one who had little patience either for MacDiarmid's devout socialism or for the "synthetic Scots" literary language that the older poet had pioneered in the early decades of the century.
Finlay's 1982 project, "The Third Reich Revisited," is based on the grandiose neo-classical construction projects that the Nazi architects were never able to bring to completion and acts as ironic commentary upon the pallid public art and architecture that postwar European democracies have produced.
Finlay's use of Nazi iconography, according to him, was of a piece with a more generalized swing to the right in Great Britain during the 1970s; it had no deeper analytic quality, and was quite as reprehensible, as the adoption of Nazi paraphernalia by late-seventies right-wing punk bands.
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 ian hamilton finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay's Little Sparta (renamed from the previous Stonypath) is an extremely self-conscious verbal and visual trail through history--its monuments, paths and vistas are carefully constructed references to art, culture and society.
Finlay uses neoclassicism (in the form of his own contemporary classicizing mode) as the basis for a political critique which denigrates modernism and the ideals of the avant-garde.
Ian Hamilton Finlay's undertaking at Little Sparta is consciously related to the original garden story; his is certainly an investigation of the relationship between knowledge, work and environment.
www.cm.aces.utexas.edu /faculty/skrukowski/writings/finlay.html   (5510 words)

  
 Profile: Ian Hamilton Finlay | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
Finlay is almost as well known for his pugnacity as his poetry, which is nowadays difficult to obtain (he has occasionally stood in the way of its re-publication).
Finlay was born in 1925 in Nassau in the Bahamas, and brought back to Scotland as a child, growing up in both city and country.
It is a calumny to accuse Ian of anti-semitism or Holocaust exploitation.
arts.guardian.co.uk /features/story/0,11710,968266,00.html   (3661 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay | Obituaries | Guardian Unlimited
In 1987 Finlay was commissioned to create a garden in Versailles for the bicentennial of the French revolution; he lost the job after a French art magazine accused him of Nazi sympathies, even though he won a subsequent action for defamation.
First, Finlay became a shepherd in Orkney, and began to warble his native woodnotes wild, though his poetry was closer to haiku than to Shakespeare.
Finlay took this allegory of the futility of life and embellished it with a tank bearing SS insignia.
www.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,,1741621,00.html   (918 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay, 80, Poet and Conceptual Artist, Dies - New York Times
Ian Hamilton Finlay, a Scottish poet and conceptual artist known for his neo-Classical-style sculptures inscribed with poetic texts as well as for his home and garden, an imaginative echo of ancient Rome in the Pentland Hills of Lanarkshire, died on Monday at a hospital in Edinburgh.
Finlay began calling his home Little Sparta in 1980, partly to symbolize his refusal to compromise with the local authorities over whether a building dedicated to Apollo should be taxed as a religious or a commercial structure.
Ian Hamilton Finlay was born on Oct. 28, 1925, in Nassau, the Bahamas, where his father was a bootlegger who smuggled rum into the United States during Prohibition.
www.nytimes.com /2006/03/31/arts/design/31finlay.html?ex=1301461200&en=8cae73ccc32fbea4&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (755 words)

  
 Little Sparta Ian Hamilton Finlay
The art of Ian Hamilton Finlay is unusual for encompassing a variety of different media and discourses.
On the one hand, Finlay, beginning with with his early experiments with concrete poetry, has always been acutely sensitive to the formalist concerns (colour, shape, scale, texture, composition) of literary and artistic modernism.
Begun in 1966 when Finlay relocated with his family to the site, an abandoned farm, Little Sparta is a deliberate correction of the modern sculpture garden through its maker's revisiting the Neoclassical tradition of the garden as a place provocative of poetic, philosophic and even political thought.
www.ianhamiltonfinlay.com /ian_hamilton_finlay.html   (820 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay | Obituaries | News | Telegraph
Ian Hamilton Finlay was born on October 28 1925 at Nassau in the Bahamas.
Some felt that Hamilton Finlay's garden made determinedly idiosyncratic and highly allusive comments on art, nature and classical culture, provoking debate on the legacy of the Enlightenment and asserting the need for spirituality in democracy.
It was also a mark of Hamilton Finlay's attachment to classicism, and of his contempt for many of the concerns of the modern art world and the bureaucracy around it, that many artists and critics antipathetic to conceptual art were vocal supporters.
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 The Herald   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Much of Finlay's career was marked by his conflict with authorities and institutions, which he turned into an art form in itself: a kind of combination of political theatre and performance.
Finlay's pursuit of beauty was often tempered with controversial or uncomfortable subject matter, driven by a sense of moral urgency.
Finlay was made a CBE in 2002, but he was also famously proud when the Communist Party of France presented him with a bust of the revolutionary Saint-Just in 1991.
www.theherald.co.uk /features/58988.html   (874 words)

  
 Garden of foreboding: Ian Hamilton Finlay's eightieth birthday has been celebrated by three exhibitions in Edinburgh ...
This highlights Finlay's preoccupation with melding two extremes of human experience: idealised nature, in the form of neoclassical elegance (as here) or classical Arcadia; and degraded culture, in the form of cruelty and military aggression, with the attendant discomfiture borne of our fetishisation of the accoutrements of violence.
Finlay's contribution is to be a series of sculptures of cherry-filled urns (the prototype was on display) adorning a gridded garden by Pia Maria Simig.
Finlay plays on the human attraction to the power of military hardware and to the savage certainties of politically extreme idealists.
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 Viewfinder: Ian Hamilton Finlay | Art And Architecture | Arts | Telegraph
Finlay, 78, has long been an unfashionably serious artist, so Idylls and Interventions, a retrospective at the Victoria Miro Gallery, is a rare chance to consider his significant, but seldom celebrated, work.
Finlay's interests are light years away from the colourful vapidity of much contemporary art; the iconology of classicism, the French Revolution, the elemental significance of war and nature, and their fusion in sculpture and poetry, make for an art that is erudite and challenging, yet never hectoring or obscure.
Finlay the ironic questioner of failed revolutions dominates this exhibition: wild flowers in jars allow for a subtle disquisition on culture and civilisation - "we understand the wild flower ethically, the garden flower aesthetically" reads one - while 12 decorated dinner settings marry images of flowers with the names of the women of the revolution.
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 Independent Online Edition > Obituaries
Ian Hamilton Finlay, poet and artist: born Nassau, Bahamas 28 October 1925; CBE 2002; twice married (one son, one daughter); died Edinburgh 27 March 2006.
Finlay was born in 1925 in the Bahamas - father a rum-runner - but his childhood was mostly in Scotland.
Finlay pointed to the way liberal society is utterly blank about what value to attach to the military force that underpins its existence, the way it has no doctrine of nature except as a (diminishing) resource.
news.independent.co.uk /people/obituaries/article354247.ece   (2037 words)

  
 Jacket 15 - Brian Kim Stefans on Ian Hamilton Finlay
Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay is certainly one of the most controversial and provocative artists working today, yet he has not been widely discussed by American poets not only because of his difficult “politics” but because of the wide range of his mediums for expression.
In fact, when Niedecker sent Finlay some of her poems that used non-standard American speech, he felt that he had found, perhaps for the first time, someone who could sympathize with his aesthetic interests, and he eventually translated a number of her poems into Scottish.
a momentous discovery.” Finlay’s work changed dramatically when he started work on the garden, and he began to use imagery that not only defied the cosmopolitan in its rusticity, but provoked responses from viewers who were accustomed to flux, pastiche, irony, and psychological depth in their art.
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 Untitled Document
Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) is best known for "Little Sparta," a farm and garden in the Southern Uplands of Scotland which he and Sue Finlay began transforming into a neoclassical sculpture park in 1966.
Before undertaking the conversion of an ordinary farm into a poetic and philosophical garden, Finlay was primarily known as a writer of short stories and concrete poems.
A literary cycle is identified with the cycle of the natural wave, an association which the artist relates to the velocity and flow of language.
stuartcollection.ucsd.edu /StuartCollection/Finlay.htm   (333 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay - BSU
Under the general classification of a "new classicism", Finlay began to investigate the inscription of the poem in the world and the transcendence of the sign through metaphor.
Finlay comments: "Beyond the prosaic level already alluded to, what I was aware of was, that the absence of the works was a clearer statement of their content, than the works themselves could have been, in that circumstance.
The sheriff officer removed from Finlay's Temple a number of works, including some Finlay did not own but were on loan, which he placed an undisclosed bank vault.
home.earthlink.net /~thelaway/ea/people/finlay.html   (636 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Finlay was born in Nassau, Bahamas of Scottish parents.
Ian Appleton, Stephen Bann, Stephen Blackmore, Susan Daniel-McElroy, Patrick Eyres, Richard Ingleby, Ian Kennedy, Magnus Linklater, Victoria Miro, Nicholas Serota, Jessie Sheeler, Pia Simig and Ann Uppington are trustees.
Finlay was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985.
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 Finlay Ian Hamilton - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Finlay, Ian Hamilton (1925-2006), Scottish poet, artist, and writer.
Hamilton, (Robert) Ian (1938-2001), British poet, critic, and biographer.
Hamilton, Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947), British general, who was in charge of Allied forces in the unsuccessful Gallipoli (Dardanelles)...
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 Ian Hamilton Finlay: L’Idylle des Cerises & Sentences
Ian Hamilton Finlay always has the same effect on me. Stepping through his magical garden at Little Sparta, or seeing this year’s festival shows at Ingleby gallery and Inverleith House, I feel a desperate craving to leaf through volumes of classical literature, history books and dictionaries.
The artist’s son, Alex Finlay, has pointed out that Little Sparta “is not a crossword puzzle of cultural references to be worried away at and ticked off one by one”.
Don’t be fooled; they are a delight to peruse, full of Finlay’s typical humour and, in contrast with the obscurity of the French Revolution collection, they provide their own interpretation courtesy of the man himself.
www.artandphilosophy.com /050814.html   (1003 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay at Nolan/Eckman - New York - exhibition of artist's work Art in America - Find Articles
In "Maritime Works," Finlay recalled an era when the world's waters and the boats that plied them were crucial factors in the construction and maintenance of the life of nations.
Both oars are cawed with the word "wing," and thus linked by Finlay in their ordinary labor to the rhythmic strokes of a bird's wings.
Finlay engraves the word Chrysalis, suggesting an energy in gestation, on a cast-bronze sculpture resembling the propeller of a small boat.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1248/is_1_92/ai_112131283   (393 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay Summary
The earliest poems and short stories of Ian Hamilton Finlay are characterized by economy of language and a direct, simple effectiveness.
Ian Hamilton Finlay(1925- 27 March, 2006) was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener.
Finlay was born in Nassau, Bahamas, but was educated in Scotland.
www.bookrags.com /Ian_Hamilton_Finlay   (135 words)

  
 Scotsman.com Living - Visionary who defied attempts at concrete classification
IAN Hamilton Finlay's death last week deprives us of one of our most distinguished contemporaries.
There is nothing in Finlay's output to compare to the glories of Blake's visual invention, but that does not diminish him, for words were always at the centre of what he did and they appear in most of the art works he produced.
Ian Hamilton Finlay's letters excoriating the backsliding of the Scottish Arts Council or the philistine hostility he suffered from Strathclyde Regional Council - or whoever else he joined battle with over the integrity of his art - are legendary.
living.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=514122006   (968 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay Online
Original works by Ian Hamilton Finlay available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Finlay was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1985
All images and text on this Ian Hamilton Finlay page are copyright 2007 by John Malyon/Artcyclopedia, unless otherwise noted.
www.artcyclopedia.com /artists/finlay_ian_hamilton.html   (205 words)

  
 CBC.ca Arts - Scottish artist, gardener Ian Hamilton Finlay dies
Finlay’s work was included last month in the Tate Triennial, a survey of contemporary British art held every three years.
Finlay turned the garden’s barns into temples, he dug his own lochs and placed sculptures, inspired by Greek mythology, around the area along with stones inscribed with texts by ancient philosophers and poets.
Finlay was born in the Bahamas in 1925 to Scottish parents who sent him to boarding school in Scotland at age six.
www.cbc.ca /arts/story/2006/03/28/finlay-obit.html   (1393 words)

  
 Ian Hamilton Finlay; Scottish artist; 80 | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Finlay, whose work included sculpture, poetry and philosophy, died at a nursing home in Scotland after a long illness, said Victoria Miro, a spokeswoman for his gallery in London.
Finlay moved to Stonypath in 1966 and set about transforming the plot into a neoclassical sculpture garden.
Finlay's work was included in the Tate Triennial, a major survey of contemporary British art.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20060405/news_1m5finlay.html   (271 words)

  
 Little Sparta Trust website
With great sadness we record the death of Ian Hamilton Finlay on the 27th March, 2006.
Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in the Bahamas in 1925 and was sent home to boarding school in Scotland at the age of six.
In 1991 he was presented with a bust of Saint-Just by the Communist Party of France and in 2002 he was appointed CBE by the Queen in the New Year's Honours list.
www.littlesparta.co.uk /ihf.htm   (294 words)

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