Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw

Born in Calcutta in 1974, Raqib Shaw now lives and works in London. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College, he has developed a fantastic universe that straddles the monstrous and the erotic. His paintings lie somewhere between the categories of fine art and applied art. Shaw’s landscapes, bustling with chimeras, are line-drawn with an evident mastery of classical draftsmanship. The colours are arranged as though a silversmith’s compartmentalizing techniques has been used. Shaw fastidiously chooses radiant tones, enlivening his images with coloured enamel and metallic paint. His dreamlike landscapes draw from decorative and floral motifs, as well as the bestiary. He is inspired by crafts like silversmithing, tapestry work, and jewellery making. Each image seems to be an illustration of a marvellous and cruel tale written by the artist, based upon his aesthetic encounters. His work evokes the seething and malevolent universe of Jerôme Bosch, as well as British traditions, circumvolutions of medieval heraldry, and the detail and refinement of Persian miniatures.

Solo exhibitions

2013


Raqib Shaw, Rudolfinium, Prague


Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester


 


2012


Of Beasts and Super Beasts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


 


2011


Paradise Lost, White Cube, London


 


2009  


Absence of God, White Cube, London


Absence of God, Karlsplatz Project Space, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien


 


2008  


Raqib Shaw At The Met, The Metropollitan Museum, New York


 


2006     


Art Now: Raqib Shaw, Tate Britain, London


Raqib Shaw: Garden Of Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami


 


2005     


Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Deitch Projects, New York


 


2004     


Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Victoria Miro Gallery, London


Group exhibitions

2012     


7th Asia Pacific Triennal, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London    


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, 1st Kiev Biennale Arsenale    


Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco 


 


2011     


Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum     


A Dream of Eternity, Villa Empain, Brussels     


Painting Between the Lines, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco    


East ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan


 


2010


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London


The Beauty of Distance: 17th Biennale of Sydney", Sydney


Resonance, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan


 


2009     


Nightmare full of unspeakable things, Concept V, New York


Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin


Flower Power, Villa Giulis - CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy


Die Macht DesOrnaments (The Power Of Ornament), Belvedere, Vienna


 


2007


Panic room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens


 


2006


Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variation, Gwangju, South Korea      Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London


Passion for Paint, Bristol City and Art Gallery, Avon


Passion for Paint, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle


Dan Attoe, Elliot Hundley, Raqib Shaw: There's No Fooling You (The Classics), Peres Projects, Los Angeles


 


2005


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale, Prague


 


2004     


Plantmania! Art and the World of Plants, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens


 


2003     


Nation and Nature; Vaster than Empires, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery


Nation and Nature; Vaster than Empires, Worcester City Art Gallery


Nation and Nature; Vaster than Empires, The Yard Gallery, Nottingham


Nation and Nature; Vaster than Empires, Lethaby Gallery, London


 


2002


Direction 2002, The London Institute Gallery, London


Chancellor's Forum, London College of Fashion, London


 


2001     


Future Map 2001, Lethaby Gallery, London


 


Bibliography

ARTICLES


 


2010


Martin Herbert, Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, Time Out, 5 August                 


Ted Loos, Eastern Promise, The Wall Street Journal, 21 October


 


2009


Unknown, Raqib Shaw: Absence of God at Kunsthalle Wien, Artdaily.org, 19 November


Unknown, Raqib shaw: Absence of God opens at Kunsthallw Wien, 19 November


Zehra Jumabhoy,  Raqib shaw: Absence of God, ArtAsiaPacificm September and October


Unknown, Critics choice galleries, Time Out, 2-8 July


Fisun Guner, London Lowdown: Art Review" Raqub Shaw - Absence of God, Metrolife, 26 May


Unknown, Critics: Choice Galleries, Time Out, 21-27 May


Ben Lewis, An Orgy of Animal Spirits, The Evening Standard, 21 May


Norman Rosenthal, The World's most magical artist, The Telegraph review, 16 May


Unknown. Critics' choice, Time Out, 14-20 May


Unknown. In the Studio: Raqib Shaw, Time Out, 14-20 May


Karen Rosenberg. Starting from Holbein, Then Taking Flight, The New York Times, 2 January


 


2008     


Pernilla Holmes,  Is Art Having an Indian Summer?, The Financial Times, 2 August


Various Contributors. "Power 2008", Art & Auction, December


Amit Roy, Calcutta-born 'upstart' set for Sotheby's rebirth, The Telegraph - India, 28 April


 


2007


Amrita Jhaveri, Where I Work - Raqib Shaw, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 56, November/December


Uma Nair, Heavenly work, Earthly delights, The Ecnomic Times, 27 October


Raqib Shaw, Quintessentially Art, Autumn


Amanda Couslon, Art & Market, Tema Celeste, January-February


 


2006


Nick Hackworth, Violence and Beauty Collide, Evening Standard, 1 December


Martin Herbert, Against Nature, Modern Painters, September


David Galloway, Fantastic, Aquatic, Orgiastic, ARTnews, September


Paul Laster, In the Garden of Eden, Art Asia Pacific, Issue no. 47, Winter


P.C. Smith,  Looking for Islam, artnet.com, 15 March


Glenn D. Lowry, Gained in Translation, ARTnews, Volume 105, Number 3, March 2


Holland Cotter, What Does Islam Look Like?, New York Times, February 26


 


2005     


Bridget L. Goodbody, Raqib Shaw, Time Out New York, September 22-28


Holland Cotter, Raqib Shaw, The New York Times, Friday 30th September


 


2004     


Richard Dyer, Raqib Shaw in conversation, Wasafiri, Issue no.42, Summer


Dean Rhys Morgan, Freize Frame Interviews, AXM Magazine, October


Eliza Williams, Raqib Shaw, Tema Celeste, June


Rox Exley, Raqib Shaw, Flash Art, No. 236, May - June


Colin Gleadell, Contemporary Market, Daily Telegraph, 29 March


Laura Cumming, Lost in the Small Print, The Observer Review, 14 March


Rebecca Geland, Review: Raqib Shaw - Victoria Miro Gallery, Time Out, 3 March


Jessica Lack, Garden Of Earthly Delights, The Guardian, 1 March


Raqib Shaw, AXM Magazine, March issue


Sebastian Preuss, AD Magazine, issue 47, 3 March


Riki Simons, Elsevier, issue  9, 28 Feb


Massimo Torrigiani, We Are Animals, Boiler Magazine, Issue.4


Fisun Guner, Dazzled By the Sight, Metro London, 20 Feb


Morgan Falconer, Pleasure Gardens, What's On, 18 Feb


Richard Dyer, London News, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 60


Alex Poulson, Raqib Shaw, Dazed + Confused


 


CATALOGUES


 


2010  


17th Biennale Of Sydney. The Beauty Of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Biennale of Sydney, Austrailia, Sydney


Susan May, Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London


 


2009     


Homi K. Bhabha, Absence of God, White Cube, London


Flower Power, Villa Giulis - CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy


 


2006


Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London


Panic Room: Works from The Dakis Joannou collection, Centre for Contemporary Art, Deste Foundation, Athens


The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, South Korea


Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


 


2005     


David Rimanelli, Raqib Shaw - Garden of Earthly Delights, Deitch Projects, New York


Giancarlo Politi, Editor, Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 2, Prague


 


2003     


Nature and Nation: Vaster then Empires, Hasting Museum and Art Gallery, UK


 


2000     


Uta Grosenick, ART NOW, Taschen


Public and private collections

Tate Britain, London


Museum of Modern Art, New York


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York