2 of 3 portraits of Isabella Blow
Photograph by Andy Keate, © National Portrait Gallery, London; sculpture © Tim Noble and Sue Webster/ DACS, London 2017
by Tim Noble, by Sue Webster
taxidermy, wood, fake moss, light projector and installation template, 2002
61 in. x 19 5/8 in. x 19 5/8 in. (1550 mm x 500 mm x 500mm)
Given by Tim Noble, Sue Webster and the estate of Isabella Blow, 2009
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Sitterback to top
- Isabella Blow (Isabella Delves Broughton) (1958-2007), Fashion journalist and editor. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistsback to top
This portraitback to top
In this portrait, a spotlight transforms an amorphous collection of objects into a silhouette of Blow's head. The artists were fascinated by what they saw as Blow's gothic quality and chose to depict her as though on a stake. Included in the sculpture are a stuffed raven and rat, in addition to Blow's trademark lipstick and one of her own Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 261
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 123
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 2002back to top
Current affairs2002 was an eventful year for the Royal Family, highlighted by the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations, but marred by the death of Princess Margaret, followed just three months later by the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the age of 101 (making her the longest lived royal in British History).
Art and scienceThe relationship between two of the greatest modern masters is celebrated in Tate Modern's blockbuster exhibition Matisse Picasso. By exhibiting their works side-by-side, the show revealed the relationship between the two artists from 1906-54.The 'Party at the Palace' concert in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee brings together stars from the last 50 years of Pop: Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Queen, Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John.
InternationalTerrorist bombing attacks on the Island of Bali in Indonesia leave 202 people dead, including 25 Britons. The three attacks took place in a bar, outside a nightclub and outside the United States consulate, and were aimed at foreign tourists, although many locals were also killed or injured. The Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah were found guilty of perpetrating the attacks.
Exhibitions and displays
- Speak its Name!
Until 6 August