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Grayson Perry

Jacky Klein


An updated and expanded third edition of the definitive book on Grayson Perry, bringing the reader right up to date with the work of the Turner Prize-winning artist

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In this major monograph on Grayson Perry, now updated and expanded, writer and art historian Jacky Klein explores the artist’s work through a discussion of his major themes and subjects. Klein’s text is complemented by intimate and perceptive commentaries by Perry on individual pieces, giving unique access to his imaginative world and creative processes. This third edition not only has updates throughout, but also includes two new chapters, on the ‘House for Essex’, designed and built in 2015 with Living Architecture (a UK not-for-profit holiday rental company founded by Alain de Botton, which aims to promote, educate and enhance appreciation of modern architecture), and on ‘Identity Politics’, covering new work made since 2013.


'Clear, generous and insightful … In unravelling the mystique behind Perry, Klein shows why this unlikely artist is, in fact, most likely a national treasure'
Financial Times

'A gorgeously splashy volume, spliced with sharp, sober commentary, and invaluable words from Perry himself'
World of Interiors

'Lavish … Jacky Klein leads us into the warped world of this crossdressing potter with a keen intellect and a sharp social insight'
The Times

'Many if not all of the answers to the many, many questions Grayson’s spellbindingly unique work throws up'
Proper Magazine

'A sumptuous publication that covers just about every aspect of Perry’s work ... There are as many top-quality illustrations as you could wish for and the generous page size means you can examine everything in detail … this gorgeous volume has taught me to appreciate him even more than I hoped it would'

'A sumptuous production which, if you’re not already a fan of Perry’s work, should help to convert you. There are plenty of generously-sized images, and it has been updated to include recent work such as 'A House for Essex' from 2015'
The Artist

'Lavishly illustrated … a key to the artist’s imagination, and a first-hand insight into his creative process'
Contemporary Lynx Magazine

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 29.6 x 23.6 cm

Extent: 364 pp

Publication date: 14 May 2020

ISBN: 9780500295236

Contents List

Introduction • Mapping the World of Grayson Perry • 1. Beginnings • 2. Pottery and Aesthetics • 3. Class • 4. War and Conflict • 5. Sex and Gender • 6. Religion and Folk Culture • 7. Inner Landscapes • 8. The Art World • 9. Pilgrimage • 10. A House for Essex • 11. Identifying Politics

About the Author

Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher and broadcaster specializing in 20th-century and contemporary art. She has presented and contributed to a range of radio and television programmes for the BBC, Bloomberg TV, Tate, the Art Fund and Christie’s, and has taught at a number of arts institutions including the Courtauld Institute, University College London, Christie’s Education and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is co-author of What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide, also published by Thames & Hudson.