Tim Noble and Sue Webster - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sue Webster and Tim Noble extend… dysfunctions, in a traditional, English, mocking, punk style, to describe actual or latent violence toward the principal human concerns of work and love in relation to the cultural absolutes of baked beans and Union Jacks. This extension of disorders takes the form of sundry tortures, violent confrontations, self abuses, suffogacies and displacements, damage to property and the ridiculing of other artists’ works – as well as the destruction of nature, the vilification of knowledge and the general spreading of shit according to the theories of Sid Vicious.
    N. Brown, Frieze, September/October 1996
    British artist team Tim Noble and Sue Webster are renowned for their exciting appropriations of found objects and emblems of kitch. Echoing the process of psychological recognition, the artists transform cultural detritus into objects that are at once abstracted and widely recognizable. Their light sculptures reference carnival signs in English seaside towns, the history of cabaret, and the gritty glow of Times Square. Antimonumental and witty, the present lot is an ironic example of the artists’ oeuvre. The word “Lucky” is spelled in bright white, yellow and red lights, projecting a charming retro aesthetic while referencing gambling and sex. Ironical and invasive, the work confronts its viewers and engages a dialogue about form and culture.



UFO caps, light bulbs, Foamex and sequencer.
40 x 81 in. (101.6 x 205.7 cm).
Initialed and dated "T.N. + S.W. 1999" on the reverse.  This work is from an edition of five and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

13 May 2010
New York