“I seem to get away with murder on pottery, because of its inherent naffness” - Grayson Perry, Vogue 2019.
Launching at the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair, Grayson Perry presents his first commercial exhibition in seven years, Super Rich Interior Decoration. The highly anticipated exhibition features 10 pots, a tapestry, prints and the very first Grayson Perry rug. Perry has also collaborated with Graeme Ellisdon of Osprey London on a handbag and incorporated photography from the likes of Richard Young, Martin Parr and Eleni Parousi into his work.
Inspired by Nam June Paik’s famous quote that ‘the artists should always bite the hand that feeds him - but not too hard’, Perry casts an anthropological eye on the world of art and its complex relationship with money, power and desire. The artist studies how our cultural and consumer choices reflect on us, often without us even realising. Shopping for Meaning, features images of Perry in an array of outfits standing in front of logo-heavy luxury stores, while Searching for Authenticity unites emblematic motifs of rebellion, including leather jackets and a CND banner. A tapestry, Very Expensive Abstract Painting, doubles as a map of London while Perry’s first carpet, titled Don’t Look Down depicts a homeless person in crucifix-like pose, surrounded by images of domesticity.
Super Rich Interior Decoration may at first appear to mock and goad the wealthiest of society, perhaps the clients who would purchase Perry’s art. But rather the ‘richness’ here can easily nod to decoration and extensive research-heavy reference as it does to wealth. Described in its simplest form, it is a show about ‘rich people and art collecting’; however the ornately decorated pieces tell a far deeper tale.