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PLAYING TO THE GALLERY: HELPING CONTEMPORARY ART IN ITS STRUGGLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD: THE BBC REITH LECTURES - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Grayson Perry - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Perry, Grayson

Published by London, England: Particular Books, 2014
ISBN 10: 184614857X / ISBN 13: 9781846148576
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Title: PLAYING TO THE GALLERY: HELPING CONTEMPORARY...

Publisher: London, England: Particular Books, 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 135 pages. Published in 2014. Collection of essays on art. One of the most brilliantly accessible introductions ever written on art in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Grayson Perry's "Playing To The Gallery". Essays on art, particularly the demanding and seemingly impossible contemporary kind. These are the finished essay-transcriptions of his now-legendary BBC Reith Lectures. Delivered in person to tumultuous acclaim, Grayson Perry's lectures have become the most celebrated in the prestigious Lectures' entire history. His own blurb is witty, exemplary, and cannot be improved upon: "It's easy to feel insecure around art and its appreciation, as though we cannot enjoy certain artworks if we don't have a lot of academic and historical knowledge. But if there is one message that I want you to take away, it's that anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts - even me! For even I, an Essex transvestite potter, have been let in by the artworld mafia. Now that Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he has called this book 'Playing To The Gallery' and not 'Sucking Up To An Academic Elite'). Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of words and pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery, but seem too embarrassing to ask. Questions such as: What is good or bad art, and does it even matter? Is there any way to test if something is art other than a large group of people standing around looking at it? Is art still capable of shocking us or have we seen it all before? Can you be a lovable character and a serious artist? What is a serious artist anyway? And what happens if you place a piece of art in a rubbish dump?" (Grayson Perry). The more "laugh-out-loud" funny Grayson Perry is, the more serious and thoughtful we end up becoming about art, his beloved subject, and one of life's few remaining pleasures. A joy to read, think about, and re-read. An absolute "must-have" title for Grayson Perry collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Grayson Perry. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is an instant classic, one of the very best books on art ever written. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is no American Edition, and this British Edition's production values are sublime. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2003. One of the most brilliant artists of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 184614857X. Bookseller Inventory # 19194

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Synopsis: 'It's easy to feel insecure around art and its appreciation, as though we cannot enjoy certain artworks if we don't have a lot of academic and historical knowledge. But if there's one message that I want you to take away it's that anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts - even me! For even I, an Essex transvestite potter, have been let in by the artworld mafia.' Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid-up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book 'Playing to the Gallery' and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite'.) Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of words and pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask. Questions such as: What is 'good' or 'bad' art - and does it even matter? Is there any way to test if something is art, other than a large group of people standing around looking at it? Is art still capable of shocking us or have we seen it all before? Can you be a 'lovable character' and a serious artist - what is a serious artist anyway? And what happens if you place a piece of art in a rubbish dump?

About the Author: Grayson Perry's first art prize was a large papier-mâché head he awarded to himself as part of a performance art project at college in 1980. Since then he has won many other awards, including the Turner Prize in 2003. He is now one of Britain's most celebrated artists and has had major solo exhibitions all over the world. His 2013 BBC Reith Lectures were the most popular lectures since the series began. He also won a BAFTA for his Channel 4 documentary on the creation of six new tapestries entitled 'The Vanity of Small Differences, All in the Best Possible Taste', for which he was also awarded Best Presenter at the Grierson British Documentary Awards.

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