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New Room of Contemporary Art: Paul Noble

Saturday, February 1–Sunday, April 13, 2003

Paul Noble, Paul's Palace, 1996. Courtesy Maureen Paley, Interim Art, London.

During the last six years, British artist Paul Noble has invented a city. Named for its creator, Nobson Newtown comprises extremely large and meticulously crafted pencil drawings, each depicting a different building or location within Noble's fictitious industrial town built on the edge of a forest. Although they are precisely rendered in realistic detail, Noble’s creations are much more than a feat in naturalistic representation. They embody the sly wit that characterizes the best of British satire. Each blocky construction is crafted out of a grouping of letters that identifies its owner or function. Each structure is then individually modified to take on the needs of its inhabitants in ways that often render its name unreadable. Representing a utopian vision gone awry, Nobson Newtown is a meditation on city planning, modernism, and life at the turn of the twenty-first century. A selection of works from Noble's renowned series was on view.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Art for Arts Sake; Charles E. Balbach; Sheldon and Mary Berlow; Rich Cherry; Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York; Martha and Tom Hyde; Gerald and Sandra Lippes; Maureen Paley Interim Art, London; Marga and Sidney Wallach; and James A. Wooten; with additional support from British Council.