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Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood

Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood (Paperback)

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'I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art. It should be issued as a set text in every school' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book Playing to the Gallery and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'). Based on his hugely popular BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.

Grayson Perry's first art prize was a large papier-mache head he awarded to himself as part of a performance art project at college in 1980. Since then he has won many other awards, including the Turner Prize in 2003. He is now one of Britain's most celebrated artists and has had major solo exhibitions all over the world. His 2013 BBC Reith Lectures were the most popular lectures since the series began.

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On first impressions, Grayson Perry's comments are extremely disparaging about the art world, but he does have a point. Not only does he reflect on the realities of artistic production, but also explores how market forces can not only determine what we can see but also shape how we interpret it.

Mo, Charing Cross Road

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 04/04/2016

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