Solitude and Renunciation: Two Gardens. - Ian Hamilton Finlay

FINLAY, Ian Hamilton.
Solitude and Renunciation: Two Gardens.
First edition. Oblong 8vo. 112pp. Full bleed colour photography throughout. Photo illustrated boards. Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2011.
A fine new copy.

Elegant photo essay on Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden installation Little Sparta captured by Hungarian photographer Sam Rebben. The intimate landscape format of the book allows the reader to experience the interplay between artworks and the garden at different times of the year. With words by Finlay and an essay by Pia Maria Simig on the tradition of sacred groves. The book form and its spacious photography evocatively conveys the atmosphere of the peaceful environment. As Finlay puts it: 'Superior gardens are composed of glooms and solitudes and not of plants and trees'.

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