The Vanity of Small Differences – Tapestries by Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry’s Tapestries:

 “The Vanity of Small Differences.” The series was on tour in Sunderland, between 28th June and 29th September.
Perry is the winner of the 2003 Turner Prize and uses ceramics and other art forms to comment on societal injustices and hypocrisies through a “variety of historical and contemporary themes.”
We didn’t get to the actual exhibition but we did get to watch a documentary on Channel 4 and I highly recommend you watch it too.
Grayson Perry: Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, 2012

In The Vanity of Small Differences Grayson Perry explores his fascination with taste and the visual story it tells of our interior lives in a series of six tapestries and three programmes, All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, for Channel 4.


The whole series is avalible to watch and is avaliable here:


The artist goes on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain, to gather inspiration for his artworks, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative partly inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.


Grayson Perry comments: “The tapestries tell the story of class mobility, for I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up. I am interested in the politics of consumerism and the history of popular design but for this project I focus on the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive. Class and taste run deep in our character – we care. This emotional charge is what draws me to a subject”.


The Adoration of the Cage Fighters, 2012 by Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry:The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal

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