Tim Noble and Sue Webster - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Max Wigram Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, April 15 – June 3, 2000; Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, June 17 – July 22, 2000, p.57, Sex and the British (another example exhibited); London, Royal Academy of Art, Apocalypse: Beauty & Horror in Contemporary Art, 2000 (another example exhibited); New York, Deitch Projects, I Love You, 2000 (another example exhibited) February 25 – March 25, 2000 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, ed., Sex and The British, Paris, 2000, p. 57; T. Noble,
    S.Webster, ed., Tim Noble & Sue Webster Wasted Youth, New York, 2006, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “The fusion of opposite approaches is central to the dynamic of Noble and Webster’s work and to their relationship. Their work is structured around the opposition of light and dark, object and shadow, trash and romance, high art and low, form and anti-form, and other usually incompatible concepts. The tension between these contrary categories creates an artistic version of nuclear fusion.
    The fusion at the foundation of their work is not only one of opposite forces, but also a merging of performance, sculpture, painting, photography, film, and art as event. Elements of advertising and graphic communication have been incorporated as well. These multiple approaches are often combined in a single work. Noble & Webster’s art can be watched like a performance, contemplated like a painting, engaged spatially like a sculpture, participated in like a happening, or absorbed in the way a person encounters an instant visual assault from a garish nightclub sign.
    A punk attitude also infuses Noble & Webster’s work. They identify with the dispossessed and with cultural outlaws like bikers, strippers, and criminals. Their work addresses high culture but celebrates anti-culture. Like a punk rock performance, the work sometimes threatens to dissolve into chaos before unexpectedly ending with a knockout punch. Tim has said ‘a good band has one foot in destruction and one foot in the real world.’ Their work is confrontational and can provoke outrage before ultimately seducing the viewing with its visual excess.” (Jeffery Deitch taken from T. Noble, S. Webster, ‘Black Magic’, Tim Noble & Sue Webster Wasted Youth, 2006.)

enter condition


Fucking Beautiful

Hot pink neon tubes and hardware.
66 1/8 x 57 x 2 5/8 in. (168 x 144.8 x 6.7 cm).
This work is from an edition of five and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £228,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm