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Critical Review

Perhaps more representative of his works than any other series, Grayson Perry’s series of six tapestries, The Vanity Of Small Differences, brilliantly attests to the artist’s fascination with consumerism, consumer culture and taste.

Perry is not the first to engage in such an exploration of modern-day consumerism, having been preceded most notably by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp or Damien Hirst. Situating himself within this rich and prolific artistic genealogy, the Turner-prize winner puts a spin on the works of his colleagues. Rather than using found objects representative of consumer culture and depicting them on canvas, as Warhol and Hirst do, or using the objects themselves, or enlarged metal castings of them, as Duchamp and Koons, Perry relies on a strategic visual narrative, woven throughout the tapestries.