Hardback book presenting The Vanity of Small Differences, a tapestry series where artist Grayson Perry explores class and taste, aspiration and identity within the UK. On six vibrant and highly detailed tapestries, the artist shows the influence both of early Renaissance painting and of William Hogarth’s moralising series, A Rake's Progress, to offer a view of the emotional investment on our everyday choices; how we live, wear, eat, read or drive.
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.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1960, Grayson Perry lives and works in London, UK. He has gone from taking evening classes in pottery to winning the Turner Prize, presenting television programmes on Channel 4 and writing acclaimed books. Always keen to do the unexpected, pottery allowed him the opportunity to indulge his fascination with sex, punk, and counterculture amongst other things, in the most unlikely and polite of art forms. Today, he is one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and cultural figures.