The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

Grayson Perry's bear Alan Measles

Too much Alan Measles was my first thought after visiting Perry’s exhibition at the British Museum.

The inclusion of the bear into many of the artist’s works brought an unwelcome sentimentality that dulled down the show. Don’t get me wrong, I am a great admirer of his work and there is much of his best on show, unfortunately they aren’t his pots or ‘bear’ based products – with the best work being produced in metal, there is little of the artist’s confrontational subject matter on show. But then this is the British Museum.

The show is great fun though with perry’s work mixing seamlessly with the museum’s collection (which testifies to the artist’s skill), his ‘Mother & ‘Father’ sculptures are amazing – worth the £10 entrance fee just to see them. In a show crowded with interesting objects this has to be one of the ‘must see’ exhibitions around.


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