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Chinese academy buys Grayson Perry tapestry

Perry's work is the first by a living foreign artist in the museum's collection

The Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009

The China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, one of the country’s most prestigious art schools, has bought The Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009, by the British artist Grayson Perry, its first acquisition by a foreign living artist. “This is a bold thing for a Chinese public institution to collect,” says Simon Kirby, the East Asia affiliate at the London-based Victoria Miro gallery, which arranged the sale. He says the academy’s president, Xu Jiang, took a personal interest in the purchase. “Chinese audiences love the storytelling aspect of Perry’s work, and the confidence and scope of the tapestries.” Perry’s tapestry was shown at the Zhejiang Art Museum last year as part of the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art. A smaller tapestry by Perry, Map of Truths and Beliefs, 2011, is on show in the Victoria Miro booth (3D05).

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17 May 14
12:39 CET


Congratulations to Grayson Perry a wonderful artist and proving that art can unite people from different cultures. Make art not war and the world would be a better place.

15 May 14
12:17 CET


I think this is great., may it be an example for Art academies around the world to buy contemporary Art

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