Grayson Perry: Provincial Punk
23 May – 13 September 2015
Free to all
A selection of tapestries, prints and bronze and iron sculptures from the Turner Prize-winning artist.
Fast becoming a household name through successful television documentaries such as Who Are You? and In the Best Possible Taste, Grayson Perry mixes biographical commentary with concerns over heritage, ‘Britishness’ and human nature as a whole.
Turner Contemporary’s exhibition concentrates exclusively on Perry the artist, stripping away his various personas as a lecturer, presenter and curator, and returning focus to his unique craftsmanship and expert handling of ceramics, tapestry and sculpture – not to mention his subversive and at times shocking subject matter.
He presents personal struggles with sexuality and transvestitism; parental abandonment and rejection; class warfare; national politics and violence. This form of social documentation has been likened to the work of Hogarth, presenting a form of bawdy realism that chimes with our deepest anxieties and inner conflicts, as well as a yearning for acceptance.