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Grayson Perry, Battle of Britain, 2017, tapestry, 10 × 23’.

Grayson Perry, Battle of Britain, 2017, tapestry, 10 × 23’.

Grayson Perry

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Grayson Perry’s exhibition “Folk Wisdom” focused on themes as diverse as class, sex, religion, gender, and the current political climate in forty-nine works spanning nearly two decades. The British artist’s treatment of these themes by way of traditional craft media such as ceramics, tapestry, and cast iron conveyed universal concerns, always tied to the homey common sense referred to in the show’s title.

Spread across four rooms, the exhibition was dominated by eleven large tapestries adorning the walls of the principal space. Battle of Britain, 2017, measuring ten by twenty-three feet, evoked the landscape of the English county of Essex, where the artist grew up. The work was influenced by the homonymous 1941 painting by the British artist Paul Nash. While both works depict a similar expanse of land and sky, Perry replaces the compositional swirls of the airplanes’ trails and the river

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