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The Book

What is Really Happening is published on the occasion of Dexter Dalwood’s solo exhibition of the same title at Simon Lee Gallery, London (1-30 March 2019).  The book includes paintings made by Dalwood over the last two years together with a text by Michael Bracewell in which he creates a framework for exploring the physical and metaphysical qualities of Dalwood’s work. 

“Dalwood is known as an exponent – investigator might be a better word – of history painting and the contemporary capacities of that genre. His vision synthesises the proposition, that is also a feeling, that the viewer experiences a painting of a subject, a painting of the idea of a subject (the psychological equivalent of its astral form) and a painting of the technical and existential act of painting, simultaneously.”

This book is a Dostoyevsky Wannabe Original Special Edition. It was produced in collaboration with Dexter Dalwood, Michael Bracewell and Simon Lee Gallery.

The Author

Dexter Dalwood (b.1960) has exhibited widely over the last three decades, including a major touring survey show in 2010 that was nominated for the Turner Prize in the same year. Dalwood has also presented solo shows in galleries, institutions and museums around the world.  His work is often included in group exhibitions and can be found in numerous public collections.

Michael Bracewell (b.1958) is a writer, novelist and cultural commentator.  He has authored a number of fiction and non-fiction books and he regularly contributes to art, music and literary periodicals and catalogues.  Bracewell has written about Dalwood’s practice on a number of occasions and, in 2017, Bracewell curated an exhibition of Dalwood’s work at Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria.

Pages: 48
Dimensions: 5 x 8 inch
ISBN: 978-1-9999656-2
Cat No: DW-001-39
Imprint: Dostoyevsky Wannabe Originals
Publishing Model: Collaborative