Sunday, 20 April 2014

Perry tapestries all in the best possible taste

Six tapestries by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry will be shown at Temple Newsam House, Leeds.

The Vanity of Small Differences will be displayed from August 23 to December 7 before the exhibition goes on an international tour supported by the British Council.


The Vanity of Small Differences tells a story of twenty-first century social mobility through the fictional character, Tim Rakewell.

Created during the BAFTA winning Channel 4 documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste, they explore Perry’s fascination with British taste and tell a story of class mobility.

Perry’s tapestries make direct reference to the A Rake’s Progress series of painting by William Hogarth (1697-1764), the work of Hogarth has long been an influence on Perry’s work.

The eight paintings in Hogarth’s series tell the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who inherits a fortune from his father and who thenceforth goes on to squander his inheritance on fashionable pursuits.

The tapestries will hang in 6 adjoining rooms alongside fine art, furniture, wallpaper, ceramics and bed hangings from the 19th century.


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