Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Contributors: Grayson Perry, Suzanne Moore, Caroline Douglas and Adam Lowe
Editors: Nadine Monem and Faye Robson
Designer: Pony Ltd
128 pages
120 colour + b/w ills
215 x 250 mm
978 1 85332 315 7
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’. In his BAFTA award winning three-part documentary series All in the Best Possible Taste (Channel 4), Perry explores the ‘emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive.’
The Vanity of Small Differences features these six vibrant and highly detailed tapestries bearing 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 Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress (1733). Featuring essays by journalist Suzanne Moore (Guardian, Mail on Sunday) and Grayson Perry, alongside extensive commentary on each of the tapestries and an essay by curator Adam Lowe on the process of their making, this book is an essential guide to the work of one of Britain’s best-loved artists.