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Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry


Jacky Klein

ISBN 9780500290804

Grayson Perry, renowned for his ceramic vases decorated with shocking and unconventional imagery, has captured the public imagination. When he received the Turner Prize he wore a lilac babydoll dress and red pumps. Perry’s hard-hitting yet exquisite work, which includes tapestry, prints, sculpture and drawing as well as pots, references his own upbringing and his life as a transvestite while also engaging with issues, from war and religion to politics and sex. Jacky Klein explores his work through a discussion of his major themes and subjects. The final chapter examines Perry’s fascination with pilgrimage, including many of his most renowned works, such as The Walthamstow Tapestry, The Westfield Vase, the cast-iron sculpture The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, and the major tapestry cycle The Vanity of Small Differences, inspired by the satirical prints of William Hogarth. Klein’s text is complemented by commentaries on individual pieces by the artist himself, revealing some of his imaginative world and creative processes. Shows 175 of Perry’s works.