- ISBN 9780500290804
- 29.50 x 23.50 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 374 Illustrations, 357 in colour
- First published 2013
‘Clear, generous and insightful … In unravelling the mystique behind Perry, Klein shows why this unlikely artist is, in fact, most likely a national treasure’ – The Financial Times
‘Lavish … Jacky Klein leads us into the warped world of this crossdressing potter with a keen intellect and a sharp social insight’ – The Times
‘A gorgeously splashy volume, spliced with sharp, sober commentary, and invaluable words from Perry himself’ – World of Interiors
'… many if not all of the answers to the many, many questions Grayson’s spellbindingly unique work throws up’– Proper Magazine
‘I defy anyone to listen to Grayson Perry's first lecture … and not to be entertained, or entranced, or illuminated, or provoked. From the very first moment … the man who won the Turner Prize in 2003 took us on a coruscating journey through the modern art world … I'm grateful to the BBC for inviting him into my life.’
Updated and expanded edition
Grayson Perry, renowned for his ceramic vases decorated with shocking and unconventional imagery, has captured the public imagination.
He shot to fame when he won the prestigious Turner Prize, collecting the award wearing a lilac babydoll dress and red pumps. Perry’s hard-hitting yet exquisite work, which includes tapestry, prints, sculpture and drawing as well as pots, references his own upbringing and his life as a transvestite while also engaging with issues, from war and religion to politics and sex.
In this first major monograph on the artist, writer and art historian Jacky Klein explores his work through a discussion of his major themes and subjects. A completely new chapter examines Perry’s fascination with pilgrimage, including many of his most renowned works, such as The Walthamstow Tapestry, The Westfield Vase, the cast-iron sculpture The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, and the major tapestry cycle The Vanity of Small Differences, inspired by the satirical prints of William Hogarth.
Klein’s text is complemented by intimate and insightful commentaries on individual pieces by the artist himself, giving unique access to his imaginative world and creative processes.
Over 175 of Perry’s works are illustrated, as well as a rich selection of the visual material that has inspired him, from Afghan war rugs, Sumatran batiks and medieval altarpieces to the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and the American Outsider artist Henry Darger.
With a fully up-to-date biography, bibliography and exhibition history, Grayson Perry continues to be the definitive book on one of the most popular and important artists of our time.
Jacky Klein is an art historian and writer specializing in twentieth-century and contemporary art. Formerly a curator at London’s Hayward Gallery, she is the co-author with Suzy Klein of What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide, also published by Thames & Hudson.