On March 15 the British artist couple Tim Noble and Sue Webster received The ARKEN ARTPRIZE of DKK 100,000.
Noble and Webster deliberately employ trivial, kitschy and tawdry elements as a strategy for commenting on consumer culture, advertising and the artist’s role in society. With their very own punk rock aesthetics they take a staunchly critical attitude to modern society, exploring and commenting on what is human.
At the award ceremony ARKEN’s director, Christian Gether, said: "Noble & Webster are awarded The ARKEN ARTPRIZE because they challenge the status quo with great talent, humour and an innovative use of materials. This applies both to the traditional artist role and to society around them. They critique modern consumer culture, but their unorthodox self-portraits demonstrate that they are of course part of it too."
From struggling artists to celebrity starsTim Noble (1966) and Sue Webster (1967) were struggling artists at the time in the 1990s when the Young British Artists (YBA) phenomenon emerged, turning its members into celebrity stars alongside actors and supermodels. However, rather than being bowled over by art’s sudden success, Noble and Webster employed their art to parody their lauded colleagues and the hype which had arisen around the art. Today they are part of the hype themselves, but they have maintained their unimpressed, punk attitude.
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Noble & Webster in ARKEN's Collection
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