23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2002
There are interesting essays by art historian Andrew Wilson, art critic Louisa Buck and Curator Marjan Boot that piece together the history of Grayson Perry's artistic development and explore the meanings and metaphors of his work. Perry's work is a combination of film, performance, textiles, ceramics and even a Graphic Novel. Grayson Perry's work is very seductive with its shiny surfaces and classical shapes so often a viewer is taken by suprise at the shocking and/or difficult messages his work portrays. The catalogue is well laid out and there are masses of full colour illustrations.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2009
This is a great book for anyone who wants to know more about Grayson Perry and his work. 300+ great illustrations of over 150 of his pieces, each with an insight to the inspiration behind the work written by the artist himself. The accompanying discussion of the artist by Kathy Klein is both interesting and well written. A must have for any budding ceramist or just anyone interested in good art.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2012
After visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen exhibition at the British Museum I wanted a book of Grayson Perry's works and after flicking through the book at the Museum decided that this one was probably better than the exhibition book. I think I made a good choice. This is a wonderful book with photographs of lots of his work and a write-up by him for each piece.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We often hear the phrase 'essential reading', but if you enjoy the work and/or philosophy of Grayson Perry, this book really IS essential. The illustrations are superb; the accompanying notes are extremely informative and well-crafted, and Perry's own commentaries are both serious and humourously illuminating.
If you buy it, be prepared for a weighty parcel as this really is a quality book printed on excellent heavyweight paper. I bought my copy from waldenbookshoplondon and they did a superb job of packaging the book so that it arrived in perfect condition.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2010
I'll keep this short. I loved the idea of Perrys work but knew very little about it before i bought this book. The book is great - so far i've only read what Perry has to say about the pots featured but in itself this has ensured that this is the best art book i've ever read. As an art teacher i'm really pleased as it makes his work accessible and the recurring themes in his work are clear. We'll be making pots with personal social narratives as soon as we get back to school. (i'll edit what the children are exposed to as there are erections gallore). Brilliant!