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Grayson Perry. The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Some brilliant artists of all genres feel the need to speak as well and consequently render themselves at best as mere mortals but usually complete tossers. Not so the brilliant Grayson Perry. He comes across to me as a chap totally committed to his art and art in general but delivers it with fearless enlightened rhetoric laced with humanity.

At the British Museum last Saturday he was exhibiting his Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, a mixture of world artefacts and craft through the ages and his own contemporary  works with fabulous written commentary.

Central to the whole collection is the connection between the nowness of craft and the subsequent drift into art that comes with time and interpretation. Other common themes were shrines and pilgrimages that rather than pour scorn on like so many other artists would Grayson actually recognises the importance of and impact of them on all our lives.

There are so many exhibits  that demand to be admired but i particularly like the way he brings in contemporary written references to traditional pieces like vases in a way Dandy Warhol could only dream about.

Stand out piece for me was a staggering sculpture called our father/our mother. It was two pieces actually made out of Iron rather than traditional bronze. Both showed two travelling figures one man and one women both heavily ladened, indeed burdened with masses of assorted baggage presumably representing the huge amounts of emotional and material baggage we collect and carry on our journey along the metaphorical road they seemed to be travelling. I defy anyone not to be moved whilst studying the hunched figures decaying with surface rust as they toil with the intricately detailed baggage that almost engulfs them and not think about our own decaying and burdened existence. Utterly amazing and amongst the greatest pieces of art I have ever seen. I was starring at it transfixed almost, i said almost welling
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MrsD has just read that and commented that the mother figure had much more baggage to carry  she's right

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Great review LD. Sounds brill. I have seen a few things GP has done and I have been impressed with them all.

Whenever I see him interviewed I think what a switched on geezer he is. He was on Have I Got News For You a while ago. Funny bloke.

I saw this exhibition a few weeks ago, LD has summed it up far better than I could. There are some strangely moving pieces in there, more affecting to me than many so-called art classics. He's a talented lad all right - sculpture, weaving, pottery and painting all represented.

It's a great idea behind it too, that all those pieces by unknown, forgotten artists across the world, done not for money or fame, shows that the inbuilt desire within mankind to express something via art spans every culture on Earth.

Well worth a visit even just to see the fabulous redesign of the reading room.
What was his teddy bear called LD?  

My favourite (not by GP but some tribesman somewhere) was a "stone of power" whatever that is, a solid bit of rock shaped - I thought- like a buffalo. Sounds stupid, but I was stood in front of it in awe for ages.

BTW Think I just answered my own question about power stones there  
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Yep that stone had some kind of prehistoric  primordial strength about it, very alluring. Alan measles is the name of the teddy bear Forum Index -> Reg D'art
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