25 September - 20 December 2019
Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration
For his first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2012 – and first exhibition at Victoria Miro Mayfair – Grayson Perry presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet.
Very Expensive Abstract Painting is a tapestry that, bearing some of the hallmarks of twentieth-century abstraction, is also a map
of London – traversed by the familiar serpentine form of the Thames and containing words that appear to chime with their
corresponding locations (the area to the south of the city simply reads: ‘organic’). Polarities of wealth are brought into focus
in a carpet, titled Don’t Look Down, which, at its centre, depicts a homeless person in crucifix-like pose bordered by a frieze
containing images of domestic architecture.
Opposing political affiliations are set on a collision course in two outsized woodblock prints: Selfie with Political Causes, 2018,
which shows the artist riding a motorbike surrounded by fluttering right-on slogans; and a new companion piece, Sponsored
by You, which depicts Perry and Alan Measles taking a spin in a sports car powered by an engine labelled ‘pure greed’
through a landscape festooned with the names of global tax havens. While in Selfie with Political Causes a fox labelled ‘Tax
Evasion’ becomes roadkill, in the new work a rabbit – ‘Social Mobility’ – finds itself a victim of unfettered capitalism. The
car’s brakes, meanwhile, are labelled ‘guilt’ – perhaps the only thing that might stop it.
For the first time, this exhibition sees Perry working with material from the photographers Richard Young and Martin Parr
and Eleni Parousi. Celebrity photographer Young, whose work since the 1970s has chronicled the party-going glitterati, has
provided the images for one pot. Given access to Parr’s archive, Perry has selected images of the well-heeled at leisure for
Money on Holiday, a table lamp which also features the names of tax havens such as Panama, Cayman Islands and Isle of
Man. Parousi’s photographs of Perry, in situ in Bond Street and Mount Street, feature on Shopping for Meaning.
Victoria Miro Mayfair