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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Grayson Perry

b. 1960, United Kingdom

Grayson Perry is an English born artist known mainly for his ceramic vases and tapestries, which depict subject matter that often contrast his somewhat conservative choice of medium.  A variety of both historical and contemporary themes are explored throughout Grayson Perry’s work, with particular attention given to the artist’s interest in societal injustices and hypocrisies.

Perry’s work often contains an autobiographical element with the artist alluding to his childhood, his family, and most notably – his transvestite alter ego Claire. Perry’s rich and detailed works draw the viewer in through their various narratives and an ability to evoke nostalgia and sentiment alongside fear and anger. Perry’s vessels, despite their often dark and challenging subject matter, are deeply alluring.

Grayson Perry was the winner of the 2003 Turner Prize and was elected as a Royal Academician in 2012; the following year, he received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was awarded the prestigious appointments of Trustee of the British Museum and Chancellor of the University of the Arts London in 2015.

His major exhibitions have included the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum (2011-2012), a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (December 2015 – May 2016), and solo presentations including those at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2014-2015), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002). Other projects include the permanent building A House for Essex, a collaboration with FAT Architecture in the North Essex countryside, and the documentary, Why Men Wear Frocks, produced by Twofour for Channel 4.

Grayson Perry lives and works in London.

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Featured Artworks

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I Am Two Faced by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryI Am Two Faced, 1992 Glazed ceramic pot with lid
49 x 21 x 20 cm
Victoria Miro
Red Carpet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryRed Carpet, 2017 Tapestry
247 x 252 cm
Victoria Miro
Red Carpet by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryRed Carpet, 2017 Tapestry
250 x 250 cm
Paragon
Reclining Artist by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryReclining Artist, 2017 Woodcut
196 x 293 cm
Paragon
Reclining Artist by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryReclining Artist, 2017 Etching
70 x 102 cm
Paragon
Battle of Britain by Grayson Perry contemporary artwork
Grayson PerryBattle of Britain, 2017 Tapestry
300 x 700 cm
Paragon

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Grayson Perry, Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, London
Upcoming
25 September–2 November 2019 Grayson Perry Super Rich Interior Decoration Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
Closed
26 January–18 April 2019 Group Exhibition Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman Victoria Miro, Venice
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, House Work at Victoria Miro, London
Closed
25 January–18 March 2017 Group Exhibition House Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019: A Post-mortem 6 Apr 2019 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

Although Art Basel in Hong Kong is the youngest of the Art Basel fairs, and a relative newcomer to the international art fair circuit, it has now become a major attraction for collectors and galleries from around the world. The seventh edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong saw thousands of art courtesans and benefactors kick off the week with a string...

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Grayson Perry Ocula Conversation Grayson Perry Artist, United Kingdom

Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003, is one of Britain's best-known contemporary artists. While he is most recognised for his alluring ceramics that chronicle contemporary life—drawing viewers in with their beauty, wit and exquisite craftsmanship, and then surprising with their often hard-hitting depictions—he has more...

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In Related Press

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Grayson Perry on becoming a national treasure, Trump, and how everything means nothing Related Press Grayson Perry on becoming a national treasure, Trump, and how everything means nothing Wallpaper* : 22 January 2018

Home to tycoons, tennis stars, and the Swarovski’s winter residence, a 412-acre luxury estate in south Florida is not the first place you’d expect to find Grayson Perry’s transvestite alter-ego Clare gallivanting in a golf buggy. Nonetheless, she (and he) arrived this weekend at Windsor in a ferociously pink, bum-covering mini-dress and purple...

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Private Territories: Room and House Work Related Press Private Territories: Room and House Work The Quietus : 2 March 2017

In The Poetics of Space, first translated into English in 1964, Gaston Bachelard wrote: 'a house that has been experienced is not an inert box. Inhabited space transcends geometrical space.' This seminal phenomenological study investigates the significance of intimate spaces which govern our dreams and emotions. Bachelard scrutinises the rooms...

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Grayson Perry: 'Boys think they're breaking the man contract if they cry' Related Press Grayson Perry: 'Boys think they're breaking the man contract if they cry' The Guardian : 6 May 2016

The morning I am due to meet Grayson Perry for a discussion on masculinity, my own issues on the topic are brought into sharp focus. In particular, I think about my cold towel. It’s cold because the rail on which it hangs no longer emits heat – the fuse has blown and I am waiting for my dad to visit so he can change it. If it is true...

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'My Pretty Little Art Career': Grayson Perry at MCA, Sydney Related Press 'My Pretty Little Art Career': Grayson Perry at MCA, Sydney ArtAsiaPacific : 28 April 2016

“It’s about time a transvestite potter from Essex won the Turner,” declared Grayson Perry as he accepted Britain’s leading contemporary art award in 2003, in a frilly purple Little Bo Peep outfit, dressed as his feminine alter-ego character “Claire.”

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