Leave it to a self-proclaimed transvestite potter to make us laugh hysterically at the art world.
Because all too often that’s one seriously serious community full of some seriously serious snobs.
Grayson Perry has written several books on the topic, but his latest, Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in Its Struggle to Be Understood is easily one of our favorites.
The Brit answers questions that most of us would be afraid to utter out loud in a museum or ask directly to a gallery owner. He’ll also help you decipher what’s good art and what’s bad, as well as whether it even matters what everyone else (or anyone) thinks.
His style is brisk and fun with unexpectedly hilarious observations thrown in at just the right moments. What’s really great is that Grayson isn’t just a man in a dress out to shock the establishment, he’s a talented writer with a distinct point of view on a subject that needs more than a little shaking up.
Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in Its Struggle to Be Understood
by Grayson Perry
From $12.99 at amazon.com