The title of this exhibition is taken from a passage in World Within World, the autobiography (published in 1951) of the English poet and critic Stephen Spender. He was referring to what he and many others at the beginning of the 1930s regarded as a portentous and anxious-making domestic and international situation. Every generation, it seems, rediscovers this sense of unease. In recent years, the rise of fundamentalism has been accompanied by a politics of paranoia. Surveillance,
Michael Bracewell is the author of six novels and four works of non-fiction, including England Is Mine (1997) and The Space Between: Selected Writings on Art (2012). His more recent publications include The Rise of David Bowie 1972 - 73 (with Mick Rock and Barney Hoskyns (2016) A Letter To Kai Althoff (2015) and a forthcoming short story, The Way Ahead. Bracewell was co-curator of The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art at Tate St Ives, UK (2009) and The Secret Public: Last Days of The British Underground 1978 -1988 (Kunstverein Munich/ICA London 2007). He is currently writing a book on the nature of Late Work and an autobiographical novel, Germany Is Your America. In 2016, he was Research Fellow as
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