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Grayson Perry 'Who Are You?' last night on Channel 4

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ilovereading Thu 23-Oct-14 16:58:20

Did anyone else enjoy this as much as I did? I'm not really a telly addict, so much stuff that's on seems such a waste of time - but this was great!

Perry's a genius, I think. His insights into the identity crises of Chris Huhne, Rylan, Kayleigh and Jaz were fascinating and intriguing. I was so moved by the delicacy with which he treated the situation of the young transgender man, his mother's grief, and the exquisite Benin bronze statue (homage to Peter Pan) which emerged in response at the end. And as for Chris ('Teflon') Huhne! - shock - well there is somebody who seems completely impervious to personal remorse/ insight into himself - (or maybe he's just someone who has put up massive and sophisticated barriers against the rest of humanity) - it was staggering how he simply refused to display the slightest shred of vulnerability (except, that is, when Perry asked him to show him his prison tag! grin). I though it showed a lot about the man, that, when he saw his final artwork 'portrait' (a pot, cracked and then reassembled) the first thing he noticed was the gold infilling the cracks...not the cracks themselves....!

Thank you Grayson for your mischief, wit and talent - I can't wait for the other 2 parts of this documentary.

aftereight Thu 23-Oct-14 17:05:01

I love Grayson Perry, he is a talented social commentator and expresses himself impecccably through his art (and isn't he a fantastically talented multi-media artist?)
Can't wait for the next episode..

ohmymimi Fri 24-Oct-14 22:08:59

I've recorded it to watch on Sunday. I saw him interviewed about the programme and was entranced. So glad to hear the programme lives up to my expectations.

mrsdavidbowie Fri 24-Oct-14 23:17:01

I loved it.

FelixFelix Fri 24-Oct-14 23:20:15

Damn I saw this advertised and forgot to record. Will have to see if I can get it on catch up.

He has a textile exhibition on here in Leeds currently and I'm dying to go.

EBearhug Fri 24-Oct-14 23:25:55

I missed the beginning, so need to catch up, but I did enjoy the bit I saw. Also looking forward to the NPG, but am expecting it to be horribly packed.

BestIsWest Fri 24-Oct-14 23:27:12

Is this repeated anywhere? Gutted I forgot about it.

FelixFelix Fri 24-Oct-14 23:28:46

Did anyone watch that documentary about Liberty on Ch4 (possibly last year)? Grayson Perry was shopping in there wearing a replica scrotum handbag grin

Vivacia Sat 25-Oct-14 10:38:44

We loved it in our house too! Also looking forward to the next episodes.

ilovereading Sat 25-Oct-14 16:48:56

grin replica scrotum handbag grin (Glad it wasn't a real one). Good choice of venue.

Ujjayi Sat 25-Oct-14 18:44:09

His depiction of Jaz made me cry. It was very beautiful & noble.

Love Grayson for his art & his attitude.

Fuckerysmuckeryboilsnspornery Sat 25-Oct-14 18:52:05

Love Grayson, he Is so witty, perspicacious and empathetic. (And you know what, he's quite good looking too)

BestIsWest Sat 25-Oct-14 20:08:05

Caught up with it now. Really good. I loved the Ashfird Hijab.

streakybacon Sun 26-Oct-14 07:20:42

Grayson can do no wrong in my eyes. I love him smile.

streakybacon Sun 26-Oct-14 07:21:28

Grayson can do no wrong in my eyes. I love him smile.

streakybacon Sun 26-Oct-14 07:22:00

He's so lovely I had to say it twice wink

RosieProbert Sun 26-Oct-14 07:51:26

I watched it on catch up yesterday. Loved it! Did someone say there are more parts? Does anyone know when they're on?
My favourite pieces were Jaz's statue and Kayleigh's hijab.

mrsdavidbowie Sun 26-Oct-14 08:20:03

I'm off to the Portrait gallery tomorrow to see his stuff

streakybacon Sun 26-Oct-14 08:21:47

Oh Mrs B, you lucky duck! (on both counts wink)

Vivacia Sun 02-Nov-14 12:51:32

Don't forget about episode 2 everyone. Brilliant, challenging, thought-provoking programme by a brilliant, challenging and thought-provoking person.

southeastastra Sun 02-Nov-14 12:52:59

he and the show was fab, the last one about classes was superb too

ssd Sun 02-Nov-14 12:56:28

thanks for this thread op, I'm a bit ignorant re GP and thought he was a bit of a weirdo, now I'm really interested to see this programme on catch up, he sounds very interesting and worth seeing.

ilovereading Sun 02-Nov-14 22:22:25

yes and do look out for the next and final one on Wed 5th November, 10pm on Channel 4. I found last week's programme equally moving - (on concepts of belonging/'family') I think it was - He explored the Jesus Army, two gay white men who've adopted a mixed-race boy, and very poignantly, a couple where the husband - previously a successful businessman - has Alzheimer's, and how his wife cares for him as he deteriorates and starts to lose his sense of identity - And out of each of these situations/communities, GP has created a unique artwork. Well worth watching.

RosieProbert Tue 04-Nov-14 14:14:10

Just watched episode 2. I NEVER cry but fuck me, the memory jar touched a real nerve and I sobbed. What a beautiful, suitably jagged representation of Alzheimer's.
I never really knew much about Grayson perrys art before but I am completely touched by it now.

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