I’m proud to live in a country where the hottest tickets in London are for an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci (all advance tickets have been sold and you would have a shorter wait for Wimbledon Centre Court)
We’d have liked to see it on a recent trip to London – nice juxtaposition with cupcakes and Rock Of Ages but sadly life is too short. So instead we went to see the Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum and endured the slightly better 90 minute wait time.
I like to think I am reasonably up on the Arts (it probably comes after the headlines and Sports sections in my daily read) but in thinking of Mr Perry “transvestite” would still slip into my description of him before “potter”. But I can happily confirm that not only is Mr Perry a marvellously creative potter he is also a wonderful human being who works in other media. If you get the chance go and see the exhibition… It’s funny, poignant, current, thoughtful… I could go on. Most importantly it’s what an exhibition should be ie more than just a collection of work or a gallery. It links in influences and ideas that are very much about now. The exhibition starts with Grayson’s motorbike and crash helmet and ends with an enormous ship sculpture which draws all of his influences together. The exhibition is called The Tomb Of The Unknown Craftsman and highlights that although most of the exhibits in the British Museum are great works of art and craftsmanship we don’t know anything about who made them. A feature of his pottery work is that from a distance they look like ordinary pots but when you get close the detail and wit is extraordinary. They are a metaphor for (I feel Pseud’s Corner approaching) experiencing art in general; the more you look, the more you see. Because its so accessible i really think it would encourage people who don’t normally consider going to see art exhibitions to buy a ticket.
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