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Exhibitions

Arts | By Huon Mallalileu | December 2017


GRAYSON PERRY: THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER

Arnolfini, Bristol, to 24th December

REFLECTIONS: VAN EYCK AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITES

National Gallery, London, to 2nd April 2018

GRAYSON PERRY: THE MOST POPULAR ART EXHIBITION EVER Arnolfini, Bristol, to 24th December By coincidence this month, we have one exhibition at the Arnolfini Gallery, and another focused on the ‘Arnolfini Portrait’. In the first, Grayson Perry, who is one of our most perceptive social and cultural critics, tackles one of his primary concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross-section of society. Already seen at the Serpentine in London, the exhibition is inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture. Perry draws on his childhood and life as a cross-dresser, as well as wider social issues and his abiding interest in his audience. The works in the exhibition examine masculinity, class, politics, sex, religion, popularity and art, as well as contemporary issues such as Brexit and ‘Divided Britain’. He has said, ‘I am in the communication business and I want to communicate to as wide an audience...

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