Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry gives the 2013 Reith Lectures, presented by Sue Lawley.
Marcel Duchamp famously declared that a urinal was a work of art. It sometimes seems that anything qualifies, from a pile of sweets on a gallery floor to an Oscar-winning actress asleep in a box. So how does the ordinary art lover decide?
In four lectures recorded in front of audiences in London, Liverpool and Londonderry, self-proclaimed "transvestite potter" Grayson Perry discusses what makes him an artist, and asks what are the limits of contemporary art. He reflects on the idea of `quality', and examines who and what defines what we see and value as art.
The mainstream media seems drawn to the idea of an avant-garde: work is described as "cutting edge", artists are "radical", ideas are "ground-breaking", "game-changing" or "revolutionary". Yet, Perry argues, art has lost its ability to shock; we have seen it all before.
Whilst recalling his own journey, from playing with paint as a child to being an award-winning successful artist, he reflects on being an outsider. He asks why men and women have made art throughout history, and discusses its central purpose: to heal psychic wounds and make meaning.
Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 142 x 125 x 25 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition
"An absolute delight" -- Miranda Sawyer * The Guardian *
"The energy, attack and emphasis of his delivery made him easy on the ear, and what he had to say about art, aspiration and creativity struck so many chords you could have set it to music." -- Nick Smurthwaite * The Stage *
"Every laugh he raises, and there are many, comes with a message." -- Gillian Reynolds * The Telegraph *