In the The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry curates a show combining treasures from the British Museum‘s permanent collection and a selection of his own works. The show focuses on honoring the craftsman, the many men and women who have anonymously created craft objects throughout the ages, displaying contemporary objects alongside creations from the past two million years, according to the press release.
Through Perry’s selected array of objects and works, a range of themes related to craftsmanship and sacred journeys, such as magic and shamanism, holy relics and contemporary culture, as well as notions of identity are explored through hand axes and Hello Kitty. Part of Perry’s artistic contribution is a series of vases painted with images and slogans for contemporary life. The vases have a stylish wit and charm while maintaining a seriousness through their affinity to the Greek, Etruscan, or Chinese forms from which they are derived.
The coffin-ship, the show’s namesake work, is a playful homage to the Craft of the Craftsman. Strung with the “fruits” of the craftsmans’ labor as well as displaying bottles filled with liquids representing the blood, sweat and tears, the pun is carried out in full. Also present in the exhibition is Alan Measels, Perry’s infamous teddy bear which has appeared in previous artworks, as well as the artist’s alter ego, a woman named Claire.
- J. Schwartz
Exhibition Site: [The British Museum]
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