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Published on Aug 17, 2011
Anthony d'Offay (ex-officio Curator, ARTIST ROOMS) talks to Matthew Gale (Head of Displays, Tate Modern) about the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, whose work featured in ARTIST ROOMS at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2010.
Ian Hamilton Finlay first came to prominence in the 1960s as one of Britain's foremost concrete poets. Although better known now as a sculptor than a writer, language remained a central concern. His work, often collaborative, is a unique blend of art and poetry.
The sea was the subject of Finlay's earliest printed works and sculptures, and it continued to be a dominant theme throughout his life. He viewed it as an example of nature's power and problematic beauty.