Firstly, let’s get one thing out of the way; this app is good.
But what is it?
For those who don’t follow the contemporary art scene, Grayson Perry is the flamboyant cross-dressing artist who won the Turner prize a few years ago. He’s made a series of tapestries depicting contemporary life, which were accompanied by a three-part TV show, a touring exhibition, and this app.
Inside the app Perry tours you around the individual tapestries. You have the option to click on various parts of a tapestry to see what they mean as part of a narrative that Perry has nicked from Hogarth’s 18th century work, Rake’s Progess.
Hogarth was another artist at the peak of his commercial and critical success when he created the eight-panel Rake’s Progress, commenting on the society of the time. His previous folio of prints, A Harlot’s Progress, had been so widely copied that parliament had to create a special set of laws to stop pirate editions – a set of laws which would grow to become what we call ‘copyright’. His second set of prints, the Rake’s Progress, were published on the day that those
copyright laws were introduced.
But, where Hogarth spins a neat tale, Grayson Perry’s work is a bit confusing. Luckily, we have the TV show, the app and the book …read more

Via: The Literary Platform