Paul Noble. NOBSON (Dutch edition) | Sjarel Ex, Paul Kempers, Michael Shanks | 9789069182766

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Paul Noble. NOBSON

Author:Sjarel Ex, Paul Kempers, Michael Shanks

Publisher:Boijmans van Beuningen

ISBN: 978-90-6918-276-6

  • Paperback
  • Dutch
  • 336 Pages
  • Jun 14, 2014

The lavishly illustrated artist’s book NOBSON accompanies the exhibition ‘Paul Noble - Nobson’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (14 June - 21 September 2014).

The exhibition brings together, for the first time, 23 of Paul Noble’s gigantic pencil drawings of his surreal universe, Nobson Newtown. The works are drawn from private collections and museums all over the world. Noble (1963, UK) has worked continuously since 1995 on his imaginary city, which consists of drawings, sculptures, installations and films.

Inspired by the flat, grey skies of Whitley Bay and its surroundings, on the northern coast of Great Britain where Noble grew up, this fantastic realm of ruins, countless stones and hidden deities has been evolving for more than seventeen years. It is a place of extremes, an expression of the cartoonish delirium springing from the mind of this 50-year-old kid.

The publication NOBSON contains an introduction by the museum’s director, Sjarel Ex, an essay by Paul Kempers and numerous short entries by Michael Shanks. The book is designed by Esther de Vries, who takes the reader on a journey through Noble’s monumental pencil-on-paper city, Nobson Newtown.

The lavishly illustrated artist’s book NOBSON accompanies the exhibition ‘Paul Noble - Nobson’ at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (14 June - 21 September 2014).

The exhibition brings together, for the first time, 23 of Paul Noble’s gigantic pencil drawings of his surreal universe, Nobson Newtown. The works are drawn from private collections and museums all over the world. Noble (1963, UK) has worked continuously since 1995 on his imaginary city, which consists of drawings, sculptures, installations and films.

Inspired by the flat, grey skies of Whitley Bay and its surroundings, on the northern coast of Great Britain where Noble grew up, this fantastic realm of ruins, countless stones and hidden deities has been evolving for more than seventeen years. It is a place of extremes, an expression of the cartoonish delirium springing from the mind of this 50-year-old kid.

Writing provides an entry to Nobson. The entire city is made up of letters: a sculptural, difficult-to-read, computer-designed typeface called ‘Nobfont’. The letters are literally the building blocks of the architecture, spelling out the names of the buildings, sentences such as ‘Welcome to Nobson’ or lines from poems or historical texts.

The publication NOBSON contains an introduction by the museum’s director, Sjarel Ex, an essay by Paul Kempers and numerous short entries by Michael Shanks. The book is designed by Esther de Vries, who takes the reader on a journey through Noble’s monumental pencil-on-paper city, Nobson Newtown.

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