Featuring essays by journalist Suzanne Moore (The 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.
The Vanity of Small Differences is A beautiful publication, covered with real cloth, accompanying the Hayward Touring exhibition with the same name. The book features Perry’s 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).
With an inventive and elegant design from Pony Ltd, this fascinating publication includes an extensive array of full-colour reproductions of Perry’s tapestries, complete with photos of the artist’s sketches and preparatory material for the tapestries themselves.
Imprint:London: Hayward Publishing, 2013
ISBN Code: 9781853323157
120 p.: ill. (chiefly col.), 120 illustrations.; 21.5 cm
Publication Date: 2013
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.