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11 October 2013
TIM NOBLE & SUE WEBSTER'S 'THE GAMEKEEPER'S GIBBET' ACQUIRED BY THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Gamekeeper’s Gibbet, a work by Tim Noble & Sue Webster, has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia. The work, which is made from solid sterling silver coated in pure gold, is one of their well-known ‘shadow sculptures’, and was first presented at the Egyptian-inspired exhibition Turning the Seventh Corner, Blain|Southern Berlin, 2011.
The mummification of animals has been an on-going fascination for Noble and Webster, becoming interwoven with their artistic practice. The Gamekeeper’s Gibbet, which was positioned in the central tomb of the Turning the Seventh Corner installation, is comprised of frogs, squirrels, a mouse, a rat and bird parts including a chicken’s foot, a pair of crow’s feet and a pair of Egyptian vulture’s feet. These creatures are bound together with a coiled rope.
The Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, has said the following of the acquisition:
‘Portraiture dominates the Art Gallery of South Australia’s European collection, which includes strong holdings of British art...This contemporary installation talks to the art of the past while introducing audiences to cutting edge 21stcentury art…The Gallery is thrilled with this addition to its international contemporary art collection.’
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