Grayson Perry




Grayson Perry, (born 1960) is one of the most admired and controversial British artists. The Walthamstow Tapestry explores the emotional resonance of brand names in our lives and our quasi-religious relationship to consumerism. Charting man’s passage from birth to death, the tapestry is peppered with leading brands encountered along the way. Stripped of their logos and thus much of their identity, the names run alongside – often incongruous – depictions of people going about their everyday lives: walking the dog, nursing children, skateboarding, hoovering, and, of course, shopping. Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, in whose work sentiment and nostalgia sit subversively alongside fear and anger. In The Walthamstow Tapestry many of the world’s leading names, from luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany to high street giants such as Marks and Spencer and IKEA, come under Perry’s excoriating gaze in this cautionary and prophetic tale of modern day life. Inspired by antique batik fabrics from Malaysia as well as eastern European folk art this vast work provides a colourful, rich and complex visual journey across our contemporary landscape. Perry frequently appears in public dressed as a woman and he has described his female alter-ego variously as “a 19th century reforming matriarch, a middle-England .He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003

Duration 09 October 2009 - 07 November 2009
Times Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Cost free
Venue Victoria Miro
Address 16 Wharf Rd London N1 7RW, ,
Contact 44 (0)20 7336 8109 / info@victoria-miro.com / www.victoria-miro.com

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