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In Bexhill

Peter Campbell: Unpopular Culture, 5 June 2008

... preferable to any Mediterranean beach. Unpopular Culture, a touring exhibition selected by Grayson Perry from the Arts Council Collection, mainly of pieces from the years 1940 to 1980, is at the pavilion’s gallery until 6 July. You look at art that reflects the reality of postwar England while surrounded by the architecture of prewar ...

The Bloke Who Came Fifth

Adam Mars-Jones: Grayson Perry’s Manhood, 1 June 2017

The Descent of Man 
by Grayson Perry.
Penguin, 160 pp., £8.99, April 2017, 978 0 14 198174 1
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... potter and sculptor, used to say that you can’t make a teapot about your father’s death. Grayson Perry’s whole career assumes the opposite, that you can express any amount of personal and social comment through traditional forms of craft, not just pottery but tapestry and textile design: the Tate sells a printed silk headscarf of his that ...

At Tate Britain

Julian Bell: ‘British Folk Art’, 3 July 2014

... that swelled strongest in the years following World War Two. And now it has revived in the era of Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller, of beards and nostalgic austerity: by 2014, this exhibition comes as an inevitability, and through our period spectacles, many of its quilts look fabulously contemporary – perhaps exactly because they’re so bold and so ...

Wrong Kind of Noise

Marina Warner: Silence is Best, 19 December 2013

Silence: A Christian History 
by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Allen Lane, 337 pp., £20, April 2013, 978 1 84614 426 4
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... lukewarm was fine. For the recent show about the sacred, which he curated at the British Museum, Grayson Perry echoed this in a sampler embroidered with the slogan: ‘Hold Your Beliefs Lightly.’ It’s a sane ideal, but seems even further away now than it was then, only two years ago. MacCulloch speaks like a believer. He makes the right ...

At the British Library

Peter Campbell: ‘Magnificent Maps’, 8 July 2010

... This is the world and its history from the Garden of Eden onwards, an illustrated encyclopedia. Grayson Perry’s large etching called Map of Nowhere, a map of ‘the beliefs, headlines, clichés and monsters that populate my social landscape’, is based on the Ebstorf Map of 1300. (There is a photographic reconstruction here: the original was ...


Alan Bennett: Bennett’s Dissection, 1 January 2009

... whether there’s anything in the script to suggest this. He could be like Eddie Izzard or indeed Grayson Perry, both of whom prefer to dress as women without it being an indication of their sexual preferences, though in 1980 the audience wouldn’t have understood that and nor, I think, would I. But I remember in 1980 meeting one of the cast who said ...

The Arrestables

Jeremy Harding: Extinction Rebellion, 16 April 2020

... large events in London and won support from celebrities, among them Rowan Williams, Emma Thompson, Grayson Perry, Noam Chomsky, David Byrne, David King (the former chief scientific adviser to the government) and Thunberg.Less well known is their following among lawyers, farmers (including livestock farmers), medics (last year the Lancet called for doctors ...

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