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  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141979618
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

Playing To The Gallery

Helping Contemporary Art In Its Struggle To Be Understood


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Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of 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.

'I have never read such a stimulating short guide to art. It should be issued as a set text in every school' Lynn Barber, Sunday Times
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 BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures and full of 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.

  • Pub date: 30 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141979618
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Authors

Perry Grayson

Grayson Perry is one of the most popular artists in Britain today. His first art prize was a large papier-mâché head he awarded to himself as part of a performance art project at college. Since then he has won many other awards, including the Turner Prize in 2003, and has had major solo exhibitions all over the world. His book Playing to the Gallery is based on his acclaimed BBC Reith Lectures.


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