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A fresh look at Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta by Andrew Patrizio

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Set in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art and was named one of the ‘top 10 masterpieces of Scottish art‘ by the Guardian in 2014, having been voted ‘the nation’s greatest work of art’ in a survey of leading art experts in a poll by the Scotsman on Sunday 10 years earlier. The garden is created from the artistic fusion of poetic and sculptural elements with the natural landscape shaped and changed to become an inherent part of the overall work. Professor Andrew Patrizio will discuss this hugely significant Scottish artwork in a contemporary context as his 2016-17 project has explored the fusion of different art forms through the work of selected, practising artists. The project hosted 6 resident artists at Little Sparta, creating a new discussion around the 1966 garden. The work of poets Peter Manson, Tom Clark and Jerry Loose, sound artist Martin Parker and visual artists Sarah Rose and Sarah Tripp has brought a new perspective to the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay, his ideas and the of 275 individual pieces that merge to make Little Sparta.

Andrew Patrizio is an art historian and curator specialising in contemporary art. He has won UK awards for his work and has moved across full-time academic and museums roles since the 1990s. He teaches and researches Scottish visual culture since 1945 and more widely across art, ecology, theory and politics. He currently coordinates Undergraduate Honours and Masters option courses looking at some of the most recent and vibrant decades in Scottish art.

After years working on art/science/medicine/animal studies topics, Patrizio’s research has recently moved towards an ecological focus, working on a monograph (provisionally titled The Ecological Eye. Art History and Practice in the Anthropocene), developing green cultural policy ideas and co-chairing a session on Art History and Ecology for the Association of Art Historians conference (London, 2014). Recent projects include collaborations with artist Ilana Halperin, commissioning art for a sports science/medicine exhibition in 2012, and co-curating an exhibition on the dark side of recent Scottish art for 2016He has curated numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally (from London to Slovenia, Norway and Japan). He has also written books on Contemporary Sculpture in Scotland(1999) and Stefan Gec (2002) and worked with artists such as Christine Borland, Alan Davie, Giuseppe Penone, Gillian Wearing, Cornelia Parker and Mona Hatoum.

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