In conversation with writer and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell, artist Nicola Tyson discusses her recent exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Having toured from White Columns, New York, Bowie Nights at Billy's Club, London, 1978 consists of a number of wall-mounted contact sheets that includes images of everyday family life before giving way to a three month study of the underground scene at Billy’s - a Soho nightclub run by Rusty Egan and Steve Strange. Taken in 1978 while studying at Chelsea College of Art, Tyson's subjects include George O’Dowd (aka Boy George), Peter Robinson (Marylin), and Princess Julia, as well as other key players in the New Romantic scene of the late '70s and early '80s.
Nicola Tyson (b.1960) is a New York-based British artist. Having studied at Chelsea College of Art and Central St. Martins School of Art, her work has been shown internationally since the early 1990s, including solo exhibitions at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and the Kunsthalle, Zurich. Her work is held in public collections such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and Tate Gallery, London.
Michael Bracewell (b.1958) is the author of seven novels and eleven works of non-fiction including the much-acclaimed England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie (1997) on the cultural history of England. He has written catalogue essays for artists such as Gilbert & George, Jim Lambie and Sam-Taylor Wood. Recently, a comprehensive collection of Bracewell's essays were published by Ridinghouse as Michael Bracewell The Space Between: Selected Writings on Art (2012).