Apr 02, 2019 | By Joanne Thomas
Mar 31, 2010
While in Aspen, we were feeling a little homesick. Sure, we were enjoying the champagne and the jaw dropping scenery, but, like true New Yorkers, we were on the prowl for something a little more subversive. How many perfect runs and designer boutiques can one person endure?!
Enter stage right, Grayson Perry. You may have heard of him before, the cross-dressing artist from the UK, that also goes by “Clare” on occasion. He won the Turner Prize in 2003 for his works in ceramic. This year however, he takes a page from the history books, creating works of art in textiles inspired by early 20th-century Sumatran batik fabrics.
Grayson was being honored at the Galerie Maximillian in Aspen, internationally renowned dealers of 20th Century and Contemporary artwork. They were hosting an opening called “Artists of the Turner Prize: New Projects by Contemporary British Superstars”, which included works by fellow controversial artists Damien Hirst, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Peter Doig, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor. Needless to say, this was exactly what we had been yearning for. Twisted and amazing art.
Grayson’s newest piece The Walthamstow Tapestry is a visual feast. To create the tapestry Perry made a scaled down drawing which was then digitally resized and woven by a specialist firm in Belgium. Measuring about 50ft x 10ft in diameter, the intricate tapestry reads from left to right, starting with a graphically bloody scene of childbirth and continuing on to the seven ages of man. Although the artwork, from a distance, was amusing, the most interesting elements were buried in the details. Surrounding the large human figures were hundreds of smaller images and words including brand names and pop-culture nuances. Grayson’s view on corporations and the way that we religiously connect to them is the main focus of this piece, shining a light on modern consumerism and loyalty to specific brands throughout the span on a lifetime. Some super serious food for thought.
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