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Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood (Hardback)
  • Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood (Hardback)

Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 04/09/2014
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'It's easy to feel insecure around art and its appreciation, as though we cannot enjoy certain artworks if we don't have a lot of academic and historical knowledge. But if there's one message that I want you to take away it's that anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts - even me! For even I, an Essex transvestite potter, have been let in by the artworld mafia.' Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book 'Playing to the Gallery' and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'.) Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of words and pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask. Questions such as: What is 'good' or 'bad' art - and does it even matter? Is there any way to test if something is art, other than a large group of people standing around looking at it? Is art still capable of shocking us or have we seen it all before? Can you be a 'lovable character' and a serious artist - what is a serious artist anyway? And what happens if you place a piece of art in a rubbish dump?

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846148576

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“Wise, idiosyncratic guide to contemporary artworld”

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