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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Noah Davis

Born in Seattle, WA, 1983
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Day 20: Noah Davis

Richard Brautigan’s provocative 1968 novella In Watermelon Sugar provided the impetus for Noah Davis’ 2010 exhibition The Forgotten Works at Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles. The literary work centers around a post-apocalyptic commune that resides in a gathering house known as iDEATH. In the story, the sun constantly changes colors.  One of the major characters, inBOIL, decides to leave the commune and live in a forbidden area called “The Forgotten Works,” which is built upon the ruins of a former civilization. Some of Davis’s 13 large oil paintings correlate directly with Brautigan’s novel –particularly InBoil and Margaret, The Summer House, and What They Did to the Elephant in the Room.

See a few images from Davis’ works then listen to Brautigan reading an excerpt from In Watermelon Sugar.


2004 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 The Forgotten Works, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
More Paintings, Galerie Annarumma 404, Napoli, Italy
2009 New Paintings, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Noah Davis, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Nobody, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 Wild Thing, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
Stranger Than Fiction, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2009 High Fidelity, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
2008 Face Forward, Gallery at LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY
Macrocosm, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
The World’s Smallest Art Fair, Anna Kustera, New York, NY
2007 Bliss, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections

The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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