Richard Noble's research interests are concentrated in three areas: the critical evaluation of contemporary art production, critical theory and the interrelation of art and politics.
Richard's main area of scholarly interest is in visual art that engages in one way or another with the political; he is interested in the political impact of visual art and also the boundaries between aesthetics and politics. His interests are primarily philosophical, but over the course of the last four years he has written about a fairly wide range of artists as well as the theoretical problems associated with art and politics.
He is currently working on three projects: a reader for Whitechapel Projects/MIT Press on Utopias; an introduction to art theory; and an essay on the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias.
- 1980 B.A. (Politics) University of British Columbia
- 1982 M.Sc. (Political Philosophy) London School of Economics
- 1987 Ph.D. London School of Economics
Richard lectures in contemporary art history and criticism. He supervises undergraduate work and postgraduate dissertations in critical theory on art and politics aesthetics.
Contemporary Art and Artists
Art and Politics
States and Conditions: A conversation between Antony Gormley and Richard Noble
Noble, Richard. 2014. States and Conditions: A conversation between Antony Gormley and Richard Noble. In: , ed. States and Conditions, Hong Kong. Hong Kong: White Cube, pp. 13-39. ISBN 9781906072865
Imagining the Political: Some Provisional Thoughts on Art and Politics
Noble, Richard. 2005. Imagining the Political: Some Provisional Thoughts on Art and Politics. In: , ed. The Showroom Annual 2003/04. London: The Showroom. ISBN 978-0954236236
The Meaning of What Remains
Noble, Richard. 2005. The Meaning of What Remains. In: Eckhard Schneider, ed. Rachel Whiteread: Walls, Doors, Floors and Stairs. Kunsthaus Bregenz, pp. 66-94. ISBN 388375935X
An Anthropoetics of Space: Antony Gormleys Field
Noble, Richard; Fang, H.; Gormley, Antony and Haier, Z.. 2003. An Anthropoetics of Space: Antony Gormleys Field. In: R. Riley, ed. Asian Field. British Council, pp. 190-201. ISBN 0863555101
Liquid Sculpture: The Public Art of Cristina Iglesias
Noble, Richard and Blazwick, Iwona, eds. 2020. Liquid Sculpture: The Public Art of Cristina Iglesias. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.