Grayson Perry

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Playing to the Gallery

book | Non-Fiction | 2014
World → Penguin (Ed. Helen Conford)
Grayson Perry’s introduction to the world of contemporary art and being an artist, based on Radio 4’s flagship Reith Lectures. You may know Grayson Perry as the cross-dressing potter and winner of the Turner Prize, but these critically-acclaimed and hugely popular lectures show him as a unique thinker.

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Punchy, mischievous . . . Perry’s tour de force — particularly to the outsider; the visitor sweating in the queue at a summer blockbuster; the non-expert too terrified to ask “what is art?” — is hugely entertaining . . . This is splendid, transgressive stuff . . . Perry has demythologised, warmly and wittily, contemporary art. He allows us to understand that art snobs are insecure people: that the problem is theirs, not ours. It would be a crime to acquire his book only on Kindle, for it’s a thing of pleasure: petite, luxuriously printed, a mischievous little hymn to 21st-century inclusivity.

The Times
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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
The Sunday Times

Perry’s shrewd ability to simplify complex issues about contemporary art is rare and speaks to his clarity of vision as an artist and thinker [...] Perry’s fun and wonderful book is a necessary addition to a world that must continue to ask difficult questions of art.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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He deftly analyzes a lot of subtle, sophisticated issues in a clear and readable fashion, throwing in many fascinating observations and anecdotes along the way... [this book] offers a perfect demonstration of how Perry has used his transgressive art to become so paradoxically popular.

Carol Kino
New York Times

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