22 Mar 2007
The Secret Public @ The ICA 
The Secret Public: The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 - 1988 opens tomorrow at the ICA in The Mall, London. This is a new exhibition featuring FAC-types Peter Saville, Linder, Jon Savage plus Charles
Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Brian Eno, Cerith Wyn Evans, Gilbert and George, Derek Jarman, Julian Opie, Mark E. Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and many others.

"A disquieting, playful, and intensely urban exhibition rooted in the political landscape of the '80s, The Secret Public examines the dark flowering of creativity which took shape in the UK between 1978 and 1988. From Leigh Bowery's five-night performance, filmed through the one-way glass of a London gallery window, to Jon Savage's photographs of neglected corners of London and Richard Hamilton's Treatment Room (1982) in which Margaret Thatcher's televised image hangs ominously over an operating table, this exhibition offers a re-evaluation of Britain's recent political past, highlighting the subversive tendencies and lasting influence of a group of artists working across art, fashion, film, dance, performance, video and music."

The Secret Public
The Last Days of the British Underground 1978 - 1988
23 Mar - 6 May 2007


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