12 November, 2013

Perry on Taste 1

The first of three posts on Grayson Perry's Tapestries

"The Vanity of Small Differences, a series of six exuberant tapestries by Grayson Perry have been bought by the Arts Council Collection and British Council.

Bursting with colour, cultural references and Perry’s trademark wit, the six monumental works narrate the story of social mobility and cultural taste across the classes in contemporary British society. Created alongside the popular Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, the artist took his inspiration from Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.

The tapestries chart the ‘class journey’ made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the series.

The medium on which these tableaus of British taste have been captured is of course very apt; Perry has literally woven the threads of society into his vivid and humorous vision of the ‘rich tapestry of life’."


Grayson Perry explains The Vanity of Small Differences, the series of six tapestries he's created alongside the television series. Here


Part 1: Working Class Sunderland

The Adoration of the Cage Fighters 2012

The Agony in the Car Park 2012

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