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Anger after Grayson Perry claims Covid will clear arts of ‘dead wood’

Artist accused of being out of touch for comments published as hundreds of gallery and museum staff face job losses

Grayson Perry has drawn criticism from fellow artists after claiming the economic fallout of Covid-19 will clear galleries of “dead wood”.

“I think every part of life has probably got a bit of fat that needs trimming” Perry told the Arts Society Magazine. “‘It’s awful that the culture sector has been decimated, but I think some things needed to go. Too often, the audience for culture is just the people making it – theatres with whole audiences of actors, or exhibitions only put on to impress other curators.”

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