2012

  Grayson Perry   The Vanity of Small Differences

Arts Council Collection

The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, 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 television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'. The television programmes were first aired on Channel 4 in June 2012. In the series Perry goes on 'a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain', to gather inspiration for his artwork, literally weaving the characters he meets into a narrative, with an attention to the minutiae of contemporary taste every bit as acute as that in Hogarth's 18th century paintings.

The Adoration of the Cage Fighters, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
The Agony in the Car Park, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
The Upper Class at Bay, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
#Lamentation, Grayson Perry, 2012, From the collection of: Arts Council Collection
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Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London and British Council © the artist. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from AlixPartners.

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