Richard Noble is Professor and Head of the Art Department at Goldsmiths College. He is a political philosopher by training, who has migrated into the art world. His research is primarily focused on utopian strategies in contemporary art and their connection to the concept of utopia in philosophy and political thought. He is the editor of Utopias, which was published in the MIT/Whitechapel Documents in Contemporary Art series, and has written numerous essays on contemporary artists, including Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, David Batchelor, Mona Hatoum and Hannah Collins. He is currently working on a monograph about the public art works of Cristina Iglesias and an essay on Adrian Villas Rojas.
Professor Noble has been Head of the Art Department at Goldsmiths for 10 years, and was the driving force behind the building of the new Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.
- 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.