The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry, 2012
Grayson Perry tapestries – The Vanity of Small Differences
What will be found in the silent sorting of a life's accoutrements? What will these things say of the life that has gone? For me, though, going through my mother's stuff was not a trial, but strangely wonderful. I wondered whether nature or nurture were responsible for the parallels in our taste. She was glamorous to me.
Telling a story of class and taste, aspiration and identity, tapestry series 'The Vanity of Small Differences' saw Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry travel the length and breadth of the UK on safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain. The result is a monumental exploration of the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive. The six vibrant and highly detailed tapestries presented here bear the influence both of early Renaissance painting and of William Hogarth's moralising series, literally weaving characters, incidents and objects from the artist's research into a modern-day version of 'A Rake's Progress' Featuring essays by journalist Suzanne Moore 'Guardian', 'The Mail' and Grayson Perry, alongside extensive commentary on each of the tapestries and their making, this book is an essential companion to one of the key contemporary art works of the last decade. Telling a story of class and taste, aspiration and identity, the tapestry series "The Vanity of Small Differences" by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry born was conceived up and down the length and breadth of the U. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
Another cohort of scholars, myself included, had seen the tapestries two years previously in Birmingham. This was my chance to take a second look, and I was not disappointed. Perry, through encounters with various English people belonging to different milieus, observes very well the subtle differences in taste associated with class. Taking inspiration from Hogarth, Perry invents a character Tim Rakewell , whose ascent of the ladder of social mobility — from working class boy to British Bill Gates — is depicted in six great tapestries. Tim does not end in the madhouse, but at the roadside, having sped his Ferrari into a lamppost, not wearing his seatbelt. Brits know about class, of course.