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‘Head of Waldemar Januszczak’ (1996) by Ian Hamilton Finlay, GOMA, Glasgow

The decapitated head of a critic, who was unsympathetic to the artist’s work, looks out from a basket, as if recently decapitated. It’s accompanied, at GOMA, by those of Gwyn Headley and Catherine Millet who were also less than complimentary to Finlay.

The heads sit in straw baskets alongside a quote from the French revolutionary Robespierre:

"We want to substitute morality for egotism, duty for etiquette, integrity for insolence, large-mindedness for vanity merit intrigue."