On Saturday 23rd September Lincoln Museum is to open a major exhibition of work by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry under the title of ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’
‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ explores our fascination with taste and class through six large, colourful tapestries. They feature a mix of autobiographical references, and characters, places and objects that Perry encountered on his travels around England for the 2012 Channel 4 documentary series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’.
Together, the tapestries tell the story of fictional character Tim Rakewell as he makes his way up through the British class system. Each tapestry is made of wool, cotton and silk on a mechanical loom, before being coloured in by hand.
Jenny Gleadell, exhibitions and interpretation officer at Lincoln Museum, said: “It’s always a thrill to bring the work of an internationally-renowned artist to the county, but there’s an added excitement to welcome Perry’s work to Lincoln Museum, after ‘The Charms of Lincolnshire’ had such a profound impact in helping us establish the early years of our museum.
“This time around, ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ is a light-hearted, modern take a centuries-old art form. In these huge tapestries you’ll find depictions of texting, family dinner parties and nights out – which seem totally at odds with this traditional method.
“Almost like a massive comic strip, you can follow the life of Tim Rakewell across the six panels, with elements of humour, heartache, sentimentality and tragedy stitched in to them.”
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‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ is on loan from the Arts Council Collection, British Council and Southbank Centre and will be on display at Lincoln Museum until January next year.