Noah Davis (born 1983) has passed on at his home in Ojai, California. He had a rare form of cancer.
After creating a body of paintings that have been compared to Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas and Neo Rauch, Davis expanded his artistry to three-dimensional forms — installation art and the ultimate form of 3D art, an artist project that is a functioning building, the Underground Museum in an lackluster commercial strip in Arlington, California. "(H)e took over several connected storefronts on Washington Boulevard — spaces that had once served as a pupusería and a storefront church — knocking down walls, building a garden out back, and establishing a community library stocked with art books and vinyl records," wrote Carolina Miranda in her LA Times article about the museum.
Davis developed the Underground Museum in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Imitation of Wealth, an exhibition of Noah Davis's installation art at the Underground Museum, included a vacuum cleaner in a vitrine which quotes Jeff Koon’s famous 1980 New Hoover Convertible installation.
Imitation of Wealth is currently at MOCA's Grand Aveune storefront. Noah Davis transitioned on the day that the exhibition opened, August 29. It will be on view though February 29, 2015.
Noah Davis’ brother, Khalil Joseph, who is also an artist, and MOCA curator Helen Molesworth will continue Davis’ Underground Museum projects.
The LA Times’ memoriam on Noah Davis is here.
Cover photo via the LA Times: Noah Davis speaking at the Underground Museum