Key Information

  • Minimum of 50 hanging metres
  • 6 tapestries, 8 framed prints, 3 films and supporting material
  • Budget: ££

Key Information

  • Minimum of 50 hanging metres
  • 6 tapestries, 8 framed prints, 3 films and supporting material
  • Budget: ££

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large-scale tapestries by the Turner-Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, which explore the British fascination with taste and class.

Inspired by the 18th century painter William Hogarth’s moral tale, A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries follow the life of a fictional character called Tim Rakewell, as he develops from infancy through his teenage and middle years, to his untimely death in a bloody car accident.

The tapestries are rich in both content and colour and depict many of the eccentricities and peculiarities associated with life in the UK, from interior design to British cuisine, political protest and celebrity gossip. The composition of each tapestry also recalls early Renaissance religious painting, drawing us in to an art historical, as well as a socio-political exploration.    

A three-part documentary, All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, accompanies the exhibition. It follows Perry as he develops his ideas for the tapestries and travels to towns and cities across the UK, investigating what ‘taste’ is and how it differs from place to place.

Grayson Perry (b. 1960) was born in Chelmsford, Essex and lives and works in London. He is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists and has had major solo exhibitions at The British Museum, London (2011), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2007), Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2006), Barbican Art Gallery, London (2002) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002). In June 2013 Perry was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The Vanity of Small Differences was gifted to the British Council Collection and the Arts Council Collection by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television and the Art Fund, and additional support from AlixPartners.

Installation Images

  • THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Victoria Miro Gallery, UK, 2012
  • THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Victoria Miro Gallery, UK, 2012
  • THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Victoria Miro Gallery, UK, 2012
  • THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Victoria Miro Gallery, UK, 2012
  • THE VANITY OF SMALL DIFFERENCES, Victoria Miro Gallery, UK, 2012
  • Installation of the exhibition of Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Diffference at Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017
  • Installation of the exhibition of Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Diffference at Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017
  • Installation of the exhibition of Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Diffference at Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017
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