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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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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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Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Christian Holstad, Grayson Perry, Tal R, Betty Woodman at Victoria Miro, Venice
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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
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25 January–18 March 2017 Group Exhibition House Work Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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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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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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