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b. 1954, New Zealand

Anne Noble Biography

Anne Noble is one of New Zealand’s most respected photographers. Her substantial body of work spans landscape, documentary and installations that incorporate both still and moving images. She often works in series enabling her to explore the medium and its possibilities in great depth.

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Since 2001, Noble has been researching and photographing Antarctica. She is exploring the cultural construction of place through imagination and depiction. Moving away from the traditional photographer’s role as companion to exploratory and surveying teams, and questioning the tendency to frame the Antarctic landscape as heroic, picturesque or sublime, Noble is searching for appropriate forms of representation in light of our current, rather than historical, relationship to place.

In 1998, Noble embarked on a series of photographs of Ruby’s room (Anne’s daughter), her toys, and spectacular close-ups of her mouth. The works expand Ruby's mouth in many guises to a scale that is at once scary, comical and heroic. Lush, large, and electric in colour, the photographs are of imaginary disembodied physical and sensory experience.

In 2001 The Dunedin Public Art Gallery curated a major retrospective of her work. The resulting exhibition States of Grace, toured New Zealand 2001–2003. In 2005 and 2006 her work featured in exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, in Berlin and the Patio Herreriano in Spain.

Anne Noble Featured Artworks

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a line between two trees, Observations from the Critical Zone II by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne Noblea line between two trees, Observations from the Critical Zone II, 2018–2020Artist's book, pigment print
43 x 717.5 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Tree (framed) by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleTree (framed), 2018–2020Pigment print on 310gsm Canson Baryta paper
142.5 x 103 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Noctural Assembly III, Trounson Kauri Forest, Northland by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleNoctural Assembly III, Trounson Kauri Forest, Northland, 202018 pigment prints on 340gsm Canson Baryta paper
126 x 382 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Nocturnal Assembly #10 by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleNocturnal Assembly #10, 2019Pigment print on Canson Baryta paper
61 x 39.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Nocturnal Assembly #5 by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleNocturnal Assembly #5, 2019Pigment print on Canson Baryta paper
61 x 39.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Frameshift 1–4 by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleFrameshift 1–4, 2019Pigment print on Canson Baryta paper
40.5 x 31 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
Ruby's Room #22 by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleRuby's Room #22, 1998-2007pigment on archival paper
75 x 100 cm
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Dead Bee Portrait #11 by Anne Noble contemporary artwork
Anne NobleDead Bee Portrait #11, 2015pigment on Canson Baryta paper
26 x 35 cm
Bartley & Company Art Contact Gallery

Anne Noble Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Anne Noble, a line between two trees at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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13 March–14 April 2020 Anne Noble a line between two trees Jonathan Smart GalleryChristchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Anne Noble, Observations from the Critical Zone at Two Rooms, Auckland
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1–30 November 2019 Anne Noble Observations from the Critical Zone Two RoomsAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5 June–7 July 2018 Group Exhibition Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... Jonathan Smart GalleryChristchurch

Anne Noble Represented By

Jonathan Smart Gallery contemporary art gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand Jonathan Smart Gallery Christchurch
Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Two Rooms Auckland

Anne Noble In Ocula Magazine

Anne Noble Ocula Conversation Anne Noble By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, Wellington

Anne Noble is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed contemporary photographers. Her work spans landscape, documentary and installation incorporating both still and  moving images. Her most recent exhibition Nature Study is the first of a series of exhibitions and installations about the honeybee and its place in our world. Currently on...

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