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THE DIVIDED MEADOWS OF APHRODITE: IAN HAMILTON FINLAY

Cythera

Air

in blue

leaf

Blue bark

and blue leaf

A leaf

A barque

A blue leaf

A barque in leaf-blue

Aire

A LOOK AT THE WORK of Ian Hamilton Finlay could begin in any number of places: in the gallery; with the innumerable booklets, cards, and posters published by the Wild Hawthorn Press; in the garden, or, more strictly, gardens, at Stonypath, his home near Edinburgh; with the publicly sited works; with the concrete poetry of the ’60s, or the earlier narrative writings. The difficulty in making a choice is that themes recur throughout this body of work. Motifs that once find expression in one medium resurface, transformed, in another; certain subject matter permeates whole areas of his endeavor, and there is a persistent return to older material in order to carry it further forward. The work Finlay exhibited at the “Metropolis” exhibition this summer in Berlin is a case in point, being the

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