Playing to the Gallery - Grayson Perry

A lovely Christmas present from my lovely wife. We've been great fans of Grayson Perry since seeing his awesome show at the British Museum. His work is very distinctive (and accessible), but not outsider art. He's done the conventional art school route, even if he's very much trodden his own path artistically. This seems to have made him very thoughtful about what contemporary art actually is - which you can see in some of his artwork. However, this also comes out in the way he talks about art.

His Reith Lectures were awesome, although I didn't catch all of them. This short (130 pages) book distills some of those ideas into dead tree format, with the bonus of a few witty/silly illustrations by the author. It makes an excellent short guide to art. Much fun.

Posted 2016-01-17.