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

2015


New Sculptures and Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2014


Raqib Shaw: Paradise Lost, Pace Gallery, New York, USA


 


2013


Raqib Shaw, Rudolfinium, Prague, Czech Republic


Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK


 


2012


Of Beasts and Super Beasts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2011


Paradise Lost, White Cube, London, UK


 


2009  


Absence of God, White Cube, London, UK


Absence of God, Karlsplatz Project Space, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria


 


2008  


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


 


2006     


Art Now: Raqib Shaw, Tate Britain, London, UK


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


 


2005     


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


 


2004     


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


Group exhibitions

2015


Thief Among Thieves, Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA


 


2014


Eurasia - A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


 


2012     


7th Asia Pacific Triennal, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK   


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times - Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, ARSENALE The First Kiev
 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine


Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA


 


2011     


Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore     


A Dream of Eternity, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium     


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


East ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


 


2010


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK


The Beauty of Distance - 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


Resonance, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan


 


2009     


Nightmare full of unspeakable things, Concept V, New York, USA


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


Flower Power, Villa Giulia, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy


Die Macht Des Ornaments (The Power Of Ornament), Belvedere, Vienna, Austria


 


2007


Panic room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece


 


2006


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


The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variation, Gwangju, South Korea     


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


Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London / Bristol City Museum, Bristol / Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK


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


 


2005


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic


 


2004     


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


 


2003     


Nation and Nature, Vaster than Empires, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings / Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester / The Yard Gallery, Nottingham / Lethaby Gallery, London, UK


 


2002


Direction 2002, The London Institute Gallery, London, UK


Chancellor's Forum, London College of Fashion, London, UK


 


2001     


Future Map 2001, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK


Bibliography

CATALOGUES


 


2010  


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


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


 


2009     


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


Flower Power, Villa Giulia, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy


 


2006


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


Panic Room: Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece


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


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


 


2005     


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


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


 


2003     


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


 


2000     


ART NOW, Uta Grosenick, Taschen


 


ARTICLES


 


2010


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


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


 


2009


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


Raqib shaw: Absence of God, Zehra Jumabhoy,  Art Asia Pacific, September and October


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 


2008     


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


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


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


 


2007


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


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


Quintessentially Art, Raqib Shaw, Autumn


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


 


2006


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


Against Nature, Martin Herbert, Modern Painters, September


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


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


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


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


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


 


2005     


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


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


 


2004     


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


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


Raqib Shaw, Eliza Williams, Tema Celeste, June


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


Contemporary Market, Colin Gleadell, Daily Telegraph, 29 March


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


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


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


AXM Magazine, Raqib Shaw, March issue


AD Magazine, Sebastian Preuss, issue 47, 3 March


Elsevier, Riki Simons, issue  9, 28 Feb


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


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


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


London News, Richard Dyer, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 60


Raqib Shaw, Alex Poulson, Dazed + Confused


Public and private collections

United Kingdom


Tate Britain, London


 


USA


Museum of Modern Art, New York


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York