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It’s not all about pleasing you

Popularity should be the last thing an artist thinks about

By Wessie du Toit  

I doubt it was only me wandering around Frieze Art Fair last week with Grayson Perry’s words ringing in my ears. In his first Reith lecture, titled “Democracy Has Bad Taste,” the Turner prize-winning potter delivered a frank, if unsurprising breakdown of the art world. This world, said Perry, was often a “closed circle of the artist, the dealer, the collector.” Closed, that is, from the public.…

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