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Grayson Perry – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Grayson Perry – The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Parka London in Lifestyle

Words by Florence Ogram
Photography by Florence Ogram
CATEGORY - IN Lifestyle

His use of bright colours and light-hearted approach made this a hugely enjoyable exhibition. The rain worked in our favour with ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ being not so popular as a result

Witty, political, eccentric, shocking – what more could you expect from a Grayson Perry exhibition. Using various art forms such as tapestries, ceramics and sculptures, Perry explores themes of politics, social views, and masculinity. The central space explores one of Perry’s current political preoccupations- the Brexit debate. Two large vases are placed on either side of the room (Matching Pair, 2017), one representing the stereotypical ‘remain’ voters and the other the stereotypical ‘leave’ voters.

The vases bring a light-hearted feeling to the matter, with images including a gay couple kissing and an old lady with the words ‘crazy chicken lady’ spread across her front. Interestingly, the ceramic sculptures were very similar in appearance, which could suggest the two groups have more in common than one would think.

‘When I came up with the title- ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’- I liked it because it made me giggle, but popularity is a serious business. Ask any politician.’Grayson Perry

Alan Measles, Perry’s childhood teddy bear and a recurring motif in the artist’s work, pops up at the show. He features on a ceramic pot related to The Rust Belt where we see Donald Trump bowing down to him by the likes of Melania Trump and Nigel Farage. Then we see him riding on a decorative toy-like motorcycle, another of Perry’s passions and shown here to symbolise masculinity.

If you wish to see some thought-provoking art and also fancy a giggle, head down to the Serpentine gallery, Kensington Gardens. Exhibition on until 10th September.

Side note: If you do get the chance to visit, make sure to have a look at the Pavilion which is situated right next to the gallery. The installation designed by African artist, Diebedo Francis Kere was created in response ‘to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens’. Although the new building is designed for warm weather, if you get hit by the unpredictable British weather like we were, it’s actually a very pleasant place to be. You can shelter from the rain, whilst sipping on a warm drink from the café stall and watch the rain trickle down from the centre of the installation.



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