Exhibition: #Progress, @FoundlingMuseum

This is a wonderful collection to see in one building. Start on the first floor with Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, then David Hockney’s Rake’s Progress, a fabulous set of prints marking his own progress as a rake in 60s, culminating with Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences which follows the progress of Tim Rakewell in modern Britain. I saw the fascinating TV programme in which Grayson Perry described the development of these tapestries but they are so much greater in reality, both in size and in impact. Also in the exhibition are Yinka Shonibare’s fascinating Diary of a Victorian Dandy which was new to me, offering another take on Hogarth’s work through a series of photographed tableaux of the artist as the dandy. There are also a newly commissioned set of works by Jessie Brennan which didn’t work for me, moving too far from the original. I stopped reviewing exhibitions a while ago but I had to mention this which is an absolute must, examining class, race and culture through the eyes of some great artists across 100 years.


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