Grayson Perry (Author)
Now Grayson Perry is a fully paid up member of the art establishment, he wants to show that any of us can appreciate art (after all, there is a reason he's called this book 'Playing to the Gallery' and not 'Sucking up to an Academic Elite') . Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask.
Questions such as:
What is 'good' or 'bad' art - and does it even matter?
Is there any way to test if something is art, other than a large group of people standing around looking at it?
Is art still capable of shocking us or have we seen it all before?
Can you be a 'lovable character' and a serioius artist? - What's a serious artist anyway?
And what happens if you place a peice of art in a rubbish dump?