The Vanity of Small Differences – Grayson Perry

Over the Christmas break I stayed in Manchester with my family and friends and took the chance to visit the Grayson Perry tapestry exhibition called The Vanity of Small Differences. The tapestries were made during the filming of his Channel 4 documentary All in the Best Possible Taste. The inspiration for the series was Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress (1733) which were a series of prints which tell the tale of a young man who squanders his fortune and ends up in an asylum. Perry designed six tapestries to chart the class journey of Tim Rakewell inspired by Perry’s journeys throughout the UK for his Channel 4 series.  Grayson describes the tapestries as a story of class mobility. I love the connectivity of the the tapestries with Hogarth and the Channel 4 programme, and the pieces were obviously well researched.  I like to make connections in my work and found this inspiring.  I was also drawn to the vibrant colours and details in these huge tapestries.The Vanity of Small Differences


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