Chinese academy buys Grayson Perry tapestry
Perry's work is the first by a living foreign artist in the museum's collection
By Gareth Harris. From Art Basel Hong Kong daily edition
Published online: 14 May 2014
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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