8 June – 7 September 2017
A major exhibition of new works is coming to the Serpentine in the form of Essex-born artist Grayson Perry. Debuting during the highly popular summer season, Perry addresses a central concern of his: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society, confronting subjects that are universally human. He will touch upon popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.
“I want to communicate to as wide an audience as possible. The new works for this show all have ideas about popularity hovering around them” – Grayson Perry
Grayson asks: What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days? What’s the relationship of traditional art to social media? These questions form the main focus of his exhibition, making the Serpentine an ideal venue for him to ask such questions with its free entry and accessible central London location.
His audience is an everlasting interest of his and helps inform his choice of universally human subjects. His artwork takes many traditional forms such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry with his best known trait being his ability to combine delicately crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. These scenes are influenced by his childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as social issues surrounding class and politics, and sex and religion.
Other well-known exhibitions of his includes the acclaimed Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman (2011-12) at the British Museum, and A House for Essex on which he collaborated with North Essex based FAT Architecture. Perry has also presented BAFTA Award winning programmes In the Best Possible Taste, The Vanity of Small Differences and Grayson Perry: Who Are You? Being the talented man that he is, he is also a successful writer and lecturer with his latest book, The Descent of Man, being published by Penguin in November 2016. This is accompanied by the lecture tour Typical Man in a Dress where he will make stops in Bristol, London, Salford, Worthing and Sheffield.
London W2 3XA
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive
London W2 2AR
Edited by Leah Hui