I am, I confess, not a huge fan of modern art, but I am drawn to the latest works from the delightfully flamboyant Grayson Perry. He has updated William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress by creating a series of colourful and amusing tapestries.
The 18th century works told the story of a man as he rises from working-class obscurity to greatness – and then falls again. In Perry’s modern re-telling, the protagonist Tim Rakewell is cast out from the realm of the new-build housing estate where his mother lives to enter the world of the aspirational north London dinner party.
In one of the tapestries sit members of the chattering class, in a room lined with William Morris wallpaper. They are pictured eating bruschetta and salad copied from images Perry found in a Jamie Oliver cookbook. And in the next tapestry in the series an older Tim is clearly enjoying an even more prosperous middle-class setting, complete with an AGA cooker.
Grayson Perry’s new tapestries are at the Victoria Miro Gallery in North London from 7 June to 11 August. In the Best Possible Taste – a documentary looking at how the tapestries came about – continues on Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4.