Ian Hamilton Finlay

Homage to Modern Art [collaboration with Jim Nicholson]

1972

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925–2006
Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 762 x 538 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1974
Reference
P07023

Display caption

This work combines Finlay’s fondness for maritime imagery with his mischievously ironic references to art history. The abstract motif, suggestive of modern art, is incorporated into an image that resembles an old-fashioned illustration and therefore the opposite of everything popularly associated with ‘modern art’. At the same time, the lone boat suggests something of the heroic spirit of the pioneering modernist artist.

Gallery label, July 2008

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