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The Vanity of Small Differences

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Life on a carpet
If there was a modern-day Wilde, Grayson Perry would be number one. The artist who was intrigued by class and what the Birmingham Museum call 'taste' created contemporary tapestries based on his experience and how he interpreted the contemporary bourgeoisie.

Perry's tapestries, titled The Vanity of Small Differences were created alongside the 2012 TV series All in the Best Possible Taste.There are six tapestries in total, each of which represent another angle on the way in which society functions, in the eyes of Perry of course.

Grayson Perry, art, tapestries, The Vanity of Small Differences
A telling tapestry


Class mobility is a key issue Perry explored, and shown in each of his tapestries, which are 2mx4m is height and width. Perry's works are on show at the Birmingham Museum.

The discourse regarding class is something always worth discovering; even in our modern times it seems class and the segregation it brings is being ingrained into society, and the only way to challenge such doctrines is to form new ideology, change minds, and bring information to the fore, which is exactly what Perry has done.

Be prepared for a little gory detail, and evocative images - Perry didn't mince his work, or sugar coat it.
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Why? To see modern life on a tapestry
When: From 14th February to 11th May 2014, from 9am - 5pm
Phone: 44 (0)121 303 2834
Where: Gallery 20
Cost: Free
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