My Civilisation: Grayson Perry
2007.4.28 (Sat.) - 2007.8.31 (Fri.)
What’s not to like? (detail), 2006
Courtesy: Artist / Victoria Miro Gallery
- Period :
- 2007.4.28 (Sat.) - 2007.8.31 (Fri.)
- Venue :
- 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
About the Exhibition
In this first solo exhibition of the work of Grayson Perry ever mounted in Japan, an attempt has been made to introduced the full scope of the artist’s oeuvre, from early works to his most recent. Perry, the Turner Prize winner of 2003, is one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists in the U.K., known primarily for his provocative ceramic works.
Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford (U.K.) in 1960, and currently lives in London. In addition to creating his highly elaborated ceramic works, Perry works in a wide range of media such as embroidery, photography, printmaking and sculpture. A consistent element in all his work, however, is the way he deals unflinchingly with such serious subjects as violence, prejudices, sexual suppression and the conventional customs and beliefs that people rely on, without fear of being misunderstood. His artistic expression is often flavored with fantasy and humor, as well as self-identification. Many of his works contain autobiographical elements. Perry often dresses as a transvestite and his female image, Claire, appears as an important character in many of his creations. Another important character that often appears in Perry’s works is Alan Measles, a teddy bear that can be a “surrogate father” figure and the artist’s protector.
With about 70 works, including dozens of new creations, this exhibition invites us to set out on a voyage through a unique world that Perry calls his ‘civilization’.