New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

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LONDON.- Two major new works by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry are to go on show in Manchester in the New Year. They have just been bought for Manchester Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The Art Fund gave £24,025 to help the Gallery buy one of Perry’s most recent ceramic vases, Jane Austen in E17, and one of his first major etchings, Print for a Politician. The MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund also contributed vital funds alongside two Manchester-based families, the Goldstone and Livingstone Family Trusts. Jane Austen in E17 (2009) is a large ceramic vase inspired in shape by Chinese porcelain, decorated with detailed drawings of elaborately dressed Georgian ladies taking tea and conversing. The drawings refer to the ideal view of British culture portrayed in popular costume dramas of Jane Austen’s novels. In contrast, the vase incorporates cuttings from celebrity magazines. It also includes more sinist