The works of outstanding contemporary artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry (b. 1960) were exhibited at Pera Museum, including tapestries, ceramics and prints.
Organized in collaboration with the British Council and curated by Linsey Young from the British Council’s Visual Arts Team, the exhibition reflected the artist's unrelenting fascination with issues of the everyday, of religion, class, and identity. Well-known for his transvestite alter ego "Claire", Perry's largest single body of work to date, The Vanity of Small Differences, composed of six tapestries from the British Council Collection, was also exhibited.
Though working within the context of contemporary art, Perry remains a practitioner of artisanal crafts and a lover of beauty. He rejects conceptual art as the sole claimant of ‘ideas’ and champions the decorative and intimate qualities of handmade objects with stories to tell. The ceramic medium that first drew Grayson Perry to craft practice continues to be a critical, and is perhaps the most traditionally beautiful, element of his work.
In this exhibition, alongside the series of ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ the artist’s earliest work, a ceramic pot from 2002, the period during which Perry was nominated for the Turner Prize; culminating in a self-portrait, ‘A Map of Days,’ which was completed in 2014 for a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery were also included.
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