GRAYSON PERRY AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM

21 Feb 2012

I visited the Grayson Perry exhibition 'The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman' a couple of weeks ago at the British Museum. And it was one of the best exhibitions I've been to in a while, as real stand out. If you don't know of Grayson Perry, he is a British artist who won the Turner Prize back in 2003 and is well known for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing.


He had curated the exhibition and it had his work alongside some of 'The British Museums' exhibits, which he had carefully selected from the hundreds of artefacts in the museum. He must have been slaving away over the last couple of years leading up to this exhibition as he had a huge amount of work dated 2010 and 2011. 

Two things he said stood out for me, which were very interesting and I thought I'd share them with you.

"Craftsmen make artefacts they think will appeal to visitors from abroad. Sometimes they get it wrong in a charming way. Creativity is often just mistakes."
Grayson Perry

"An important quality of great art of the past was the pure skill in the artists use of materials. In celebrating craftsmanship I salute artists, well most of them."
Grayson Perry

He also mentioned the name of the exhibition 'The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman' could easily be the name of 'The British Museum'. So true and very interesting. One thing to keep an eye out for is his teddy bear called Alan Measles (his childhood teddy bear, which he adores and seems to be a key aspect to a lot of his work). The exhibtion could easily have been called 'Spot Alan Measles' sometimes easier to spot (you're soon find out when you go). He even has his own twitter account @Alan_Measles.

It's on till the 26th Feburary. You must try and go. We just turned up on the day, as all the tickets for the day that day were sold out online, but they sell more on the day too, so no excuses. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx