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12 Nov 2012: Ian Hamilton Finlay at Tate

Tate Britain, 12 November 2012-17 February 2013


“Tate Britain presents a major Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925–2006) display which will be unveiled in the Duveens Galleries on 12 November as part of the BP British Art Displays. One of the most original and important artists of the twentieth century – and early in his career Britain’s foremost concrete poet – Finlay’s sculptures play with the juxtaposition of words and images. The display will include 24 works incorporating sculpture in wood, neon, bronze, ceramic and stone as well as prints alongside books and cards.” (from the press release)

“The new display at Tate Britain, curated by Andrew Wilson, plays with some of these characteristic tendencies. The exhibits are assembled in the Duveen Galleries, which also serve as a junction for visitors passing from one part of the building to another, and which seem an austere space for an artist much of whose work was conceived to flourish in the open air. But the show, which is confined to materials from the Tate’s own holdings, offers a guide to Finlay’s themes.” (James Campbell in The Guardian, 16 November 2012)