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Perry, Grayson. PLAYING TO THE GALLERY: HELPING CONTEMPORARY ART IN ITS STRUGGLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD: THE BBC REITH LECTURES. London, England: Particular Books, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 135 pages. As New/As New.

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. Presents Grayson Perry's 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 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 living artists. A fine copy. . ISBN 184614857X. $100.00

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