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Print for a Politician

Grayson Perry

Print for a Politician

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ArtistGrayson Perry (Born 1960)
TitlePrint for a Politician
Date2005
MediumEtching (3 plates)
ProvenanceThe Paragon Press, London
Exhibition‘Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London 16 September to 4 December 2011; ‘Revealed: Government Art Collection’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013
Dimensionsheight: 67.70 cm, width: 249.50 cm
Inscriptionverso, lr: Grayson Perry / 5/59
Edition number5/59
AcquisitionPurchased from The Paragon Press, June 2006
LocationUK, London, HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road
GAC number18079
 

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At two-and-a-half metres long, 'Print for a Politician' is a large engraving that unfolds before our eyes. It presents an imaginary land divided into zones populated by forests, rocks and twisted spires. Tiny, spidery handwriting reveals labelled faux demographic groups from 'agnostics' and 'provincials', to 'homosexuals' and 'Scientologists'. Grayson Perry is interested in the superficial labels that we and the media at large apply to each other. Underpinning the artificiality of the labels, Perry does not want us to read too much significance into where and how he has placed them. He revealed that while working on ‘Print for a Politician’ he ‘...harboured a fantasy of it hanging in a minister's office, helping him to temper any prejudices he may have'. A modern take on political satire, the print was partly inspired by the ‘Mappa Mundi’, the famous English medieval map that reveals a 13th-century interpretation of the world in spiritual and geographical terms.

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Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford, Essex. He completed a foundation course at Braintree College of Further Education, followed by a BA in Fine Art at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Britain and abroad. In 2003 he won the Turner Prize and famously collected the award dressed as his alter-ego Claire. Perry works across a range of media but is best known for his ceramic works which explore challenging, psychological themes as broad-ranging as child abuse, mental illness and masculine stereotyping.