Tim Noble and Sue Webster  (British) 

Timothy Noble (British, b.1966) and Susan Webster (British, b.1967) are the collaborative duo referred to as Tim Noble and Sue Webster. They are associated with the post-YBA generation of artists. Noble and Webster are contemporary artists who work with odds and ends and rubbish to create sculpture installations. Their work can be divided into two categories: light and shadow.

Noble attended Cheltenham Art College, while Webster was a student at Leicester Polytechnic; both studied Fine Art foundation. They met as students at Nottingham Trent University and became friends because of their shared interest in music. They graduated from Trent University in 1989 and moved to Bradford, West Yorkshire. From 1990 to 1992, they were residents at Dean Clough sculpture studios. The time they spent with the studio helped shaped their early work. When Noble started his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, the pair moved to London, which launched their entrance into the London art scene.

In 1996, Noble and Webster held their first exhibition, called British Rubbish, at the Independent Art Space. The success of the exhibit led to invitations to participate in other exhibits, such as Fool's Rain at the ICA, which was the debut of their first light sculpture, Excessive Sensual Indulgence. In 1997, Noble and Webster unveiled their first shadow sculpture, Miss Understood & Mr Meanor, which is made entirely out of household garbage. It was the featured exhibit in their solo exhibition held at Rivington Street studio in London. Their most well-known shadow sculpture is the follow-up to Miss Understood and Mr Meanor, entitled Dirty White Trash (with Gulls). Created with six months' worth of garbage, when light is shined upon the garbage heap, the shadows of Noble and Webster can be seen sitting back-to-back. Noble is smoking a cigarette, while Webster is sipping a glass of wine.

Their work has been included in exhibits worldwide, including Apocalypse - Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art at the Royal Academy London, Statuephilia - Contemporary Sculptors' at the British Museum in London, and in other galleries in Berlin, Seoul, New York, Athens, Boston , and Moscow. Their artwork is also included in private collections at institutions such as the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Lucky


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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Metal Fucking Rats with Heart Shaped Tail (version 2)


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Metal Fucking Rats with Heart Shaped Tail (version 2)

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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Bad Little Christmas Tree (Version 1)


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Bad Little Christmas Tree (Version 1)

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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, The Individual


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The Individual
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, I love sex


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I love sex

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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, The Wall of Shame


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The Wall of Shame

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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Charles and Diana


Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Charles and Diana, 1998
pen and ink on paper


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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Fucking Beautiful


Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Fucking Beautiful, 2008
embroidery on fabric


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Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Special edition silver dollar


Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Special edition silver dollar, 2007
polished metal, light bulbs and electrical system


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  TIM NOBLE: 1966 Born in Stroud, U.K.
  1994 Royal College of Art, MA
  1992 Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire, U.K., Residency
  1989 Nottingham Polytechnic, U.K., BFA
  1986 Cheltenham Art College, U.K., Foundation course
  SUE WEBSTER: 1967 Born in Leicester, U.K.
  1992 Nottingham Polytechnic, U.K., BFA
  1986 Leicester Polytechnic, U.K., Foundation course
  Both live and work in London, United Kingdom
2010   The Head of Isabella Blow, National Portrait Gallery (solo room), London, UK
2010   The Unconscious in Everyday Life, Science Museum, London, UK
2010   Rude Britannia–British Comic Art, Tate Britain, London, UK
2010   Skin Fruit–Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York, US
2010   The Surreal House, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
2010   Vanitas, The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, 33 Portland Place, London, UK
2009   Distortion: 53rd Venice Biennale, The Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
2009   Une Image Peut en Cacher une Autre: Arcimboldo, Dali, Raetz, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, FR
2009   Un Certain État du Monde? A Selection of Works From Francois Pinault Foundation Collection,Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, RU
2009   Mythologies, Haunch of Venision, London,
2009   20 Modern Classics, Triumph Gallery, Moscow, RU (solo)
2008   Tim Noble & Sue Webster, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US (solo)
2008   Polymorphous Perverse, Deitch Projects, New York, US (solo)
2008   Electric Fountain, Rockefeller Plaza, New York, US (solo)
2008   Statuephilia: Contemporary sculptors at the British Museum, The British Museum, London, UK
2008   End Game–British Contemporary Art from the Chaney Family Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts,
2007   True Romance, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, DE
2007   Fractured Figure–Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation, Athens, GR
2007   Pop Art Is…, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, UK
2007   Passage Du Temps–Collection Francois Pinault Foundation, Lille 3000, Lille, FR
2007   Reconstruction #2, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, UKReconstruction #2, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, UK
2007   Star Power–Museum as Body Electric, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, US
2007   Sacrificial Heart, Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London, UK (solo)
2007   Serving Suggestion, The Wrong Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK (solo)
2006   The Glory Hole, Bortolami Dayan, New York, NY
2005   The New Barbarians, CAC Malaga, Centro de Arte Contemporanea de Malaga, Spain
2005   The Glory Hole, Bortolami Dayan, New York, US (solo)
2005   The Joy of Sex, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, SKR (solo)
2005   CAC, Malaga, ES (solo)
2004   Modern Art is Dead, Modern Art, London
2004   Tim Noble & Sue Webster, M.F.A. Boston, MA
2004   Beauty and the Beast, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea do Trento e Rovereto, Italy (group)
2004   The Ten Commandments, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany (group)
2004   Monument to Now / The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (group)
2003   P.S.1/M.O.M.A., Long Island City, New York
2003   The Fourth Sex – Adolescent Extremes, Statione Leopolda, Florence, Italy, curated by Raf Simons and Francesco Bonami (group)
2002   Real Life is Rubbish, Statements at Art/Basel Miami
2002   Black Magic, MW Projects, London
2002   Ghastly Arrangements, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK
2002   Melodrama, Centro Jose Guerrero, Granada, Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Spain (group)
2001   "The Tatoo Show" Modern Art Inc., London
2001   "Electrify Me!" (curated by Mark Fletcher) Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
2001   "Instant Gratification" Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2001   Instant Gratification, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2001   Form Follows Fiction, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, curated by Jeffrey Deitch (group)
2001   The 1st Bienal de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
2000   "Masters of the Universe" DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece
2000   British Wildlife, Modern Art, London, UK (solo)
2000   I Y YOU, Deitch Projects, New York, US (solo)
1999   The New Barbarians, Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK (solo)
1998   WOW, Modern Art, London, UK (solo)
1997   Home Chance, 20 Rivington Street, London, UK (solo)
1996   British Rubbish, Independent Art Space, London, UK (solo)
  Traum & Trauma (Dream & Trauma) –Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Museum Moderna Kunst, Vienna, AT; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT
  Saatchi Collection, London, UK
  Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea, SKR
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
  Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, DK
  Artis-François Pinault, Paris, FR
  Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, GR
  The Goss-Michael Collection, Dallas, US
  Honart Museum, Tehran, IR
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, US
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
  National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  Olbricht Collection, Berlin, DE
  Project Space 176–The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
2011    British Rubbish, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, US (forthcoming publication)
   Rosenthal, Norman and Max Wigram. Sex and the British. Salzburg: Galerie Thaddeus Ropac/La Linea, pp. 53-57
   Kent, Sarah. Young British Art: The Saatchi Decade. London: The Saatchi Gallery/Booth-Clibborn Books
   Price, Dick. New Neurotic Realism. London: The Saatchi Gallery
   The New Barbarians. London: Modern Art, Inc./ The Pale Green Press