Grayson Perry (English, b. 1960)
Ultimate Consumer Durable, 2005
Glazed ceramic
25 ½ x 18 in. (65 x 45 cm)
Burger Collection, Hong Kong

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“I made this work for a show in Venice. It looks like a storage jar that would have held spices, the sort of thing that once were traded there. Now international brands that you can buy everywhere are all that’s sold in Venice. I went through a book of traditional animal motifs from different periods and cultures and I assigned each creature an international brand, so there’s an Aztec Sony and a medieval Chanel for example. Of course, art, above all, is the ultimate consumer durable and pots my own brand, so it’s a double-edged thing: I’m also admitting that I’m a brand as well.”
Grayson Perry quotes on individual artworks taken from Grayson Perry by Jacky Klein. © 2009 Jacky Klein. Reprinted by kind permission of Thames & Hudson Ltd., London

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