Grayson Perry at the RHA (Dublin) until 19th March

I was in Dublin this week and saw the Grayson Perry tapestries at the RHA gallery. ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ is a series of 6 large scale woven tapestries that tell the story of the fictional Tim Rakewell and his journey through English society from his humble birth to famous death. There are references to William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (1733) and many other art-historical works. The tapestries are an exploration of social mobility and the relationship between social class and aesthetic taste – reflected in the objects we chose to surround ourselves with.

The Vanity of Small Differences – RHA Dublin
The Adoration of the Cage Fighters
The Agony in the Car Park
The Agony in the Car Park (detail)
The Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal (detail)
The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal (detail)
The Upper Class at Bay
The Upper Class at Bay (detail)
The Upper Class at Bay (detail)
Lamentation

The work is on loan from the Arts Council / British Council and they have excellent information about ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ on their website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *