Ian Hamilton Finlay

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About the Artist

A philosopher, sculptor and poet, Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) reinvigorated the classical tradition in a body of work that encompasses a variety of creative forms to celebrate the sustaining power of words. His diverse production encompassed a variety of creative forms including prints, poems, books, inscriptions, neons, sculptures, permanent installations and landscape design. The purest kind of conceptual artist, Finlay was sensitive to the formalist concerns (colour, shape, scale, texture, composition) of literary and artistic modernism. For almost forty years, he formed his works using philosophical texts, myths, characters and images from the past to make enigmatic juxtapositions and in so doing new thoughts. Finlay's adept use of syntax and narrative configuration weaved refined distinctions with a lyrical philosophy. His skill lay in his unique ability to break down complex ideas into coherent single words and short phrases, infused with Finlay's characteristic wit and, often, wry humour.

In Focus

A tour through the 2015 exhibition 1789 - 1794 at Victoria Miro

 

The exhibition included a range of Finlay's Revolutionary works, including the imposing eleven metre carved relief The Sound of Running Water, 1990, which was shown in the Bienal de São Paulo in 2012. This work features an evocative line that could serve as the introduction to themes of poetry and politics, and of beauty and immanence in the artist's work: THE SOUND OF RUNNING WATER HEARD THROUGH THE CHINKS IN A STONE DYKE: REVOLUTION.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

23 September - 5 November 2016

Protest

Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
10 June - 31 July 2015

Ian Hamilton Finlay

1789 1794
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...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
5 May - 1 June 2011

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Definitions
Victoria Miro Gallery is delighted to present a unique juxtaposition of Ian Hamilton Finlay's sculpture and a series of text works, termed Definitions. These Definitions present Finlay's own interpretations of the meanings of words, and in conjunction with related sculptural...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
30 March - 12 May 2007

Ian Hamilton Finlay

The Sonnet is a Sewing-Machine for the Monostich
The Sonnet is a Sewing-Machine for the Monostich is the largest ever presentation of Finlay's rarely seen neon works, which date back to the early seventies and run parallel to his better-known inscriptions on stone. In his essay to accompany...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
27 June - 2 August 2003

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Idylls and Interventions
Idylls and Interventions brings together a number of Finlay's seminal series of prints along with a major new work and recent sculptures. The exhibition is conceived by Ian Hamilton Finlay and Pia Maria Simig. Ian Hamilton Finlay is principally a...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000

Raw

Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
14 September - 9 October 1998

Heads Will Roll

Group Exhibition
Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robin Lowe, Dawn Mellor, Lars Nilson, Chris Ofili, Keir Smith Ian Hamilton Finlay continues his exploration of the French Revolution acknowledging its importance as a corner-stone of modernism and democracy in the West. As concrete poet and...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
19 May - 19 June 1998

Ian Hamilton Finlay

This exhibition of benches by Ian Hamilton Finlay coincides with the inauguration of a series of permanently placed sculptures – eight benches, a tree plaque and a large circular inscription of the names of trees found in Kensington Gardens –...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
31 October - 2 December 1995

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Victoria Miro Gallery II
5 - 28 July 1995

Temples

Group Exhibition
Juren Albrecht, Bernd & Hiller Becher, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alex Hartley, Keir Smith, Stephen Willats
Victoria Miro Gallery II
29 June - 29 July 1994

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay and Pia Maria Simig
Victoria Miro Gallery II
14 February - 3 April 1992

Ian Hamilton Finlay

With Annet Stirling - 10 Maquettes for Neo-Classical Structures
Ian Hamilton Finlay with Annet Stirling - 10 Maquettes for Neo-Classical Structures.
Victoria Miro Gallery II
17 October - 21 December 1991

Ian Hamilton Finlay

A Wartime Garden
Victoria Miro Gallery II
15 May - 30 June 1990

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Idylls
Victoria Miro Gallery II
14 July - 29 August 1987

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Works 1966 - 1986
Victoria Miro Gallery II
29 May - 5 July 1986

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Marat Assassiné Vitruvius/Augustus-Vitruvius/Robespierre Ideological Accessories
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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