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Raqib Shaw
B. 1974
ERASMUS I
signed, titled and dated 2007 on the reverse
acrylic, glitter, enamel and rhinestones on panel
147 by 112.7 cm. 57 7/8 by 44 3/8 in.
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Provenance

White Cube, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

London, White Cube; and Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Raqib Shaw: Absence of God, May - July 2009, p. 15, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

“Shaw’s passion for the decorative not only camouflages the most brutal acts; it highlights the very beauty that horror seeks to eradicate. Shaw laces and embellishes the gloom with exotic gardens, flying ornaments, butterflies, rhinestones, glitter and crystals. At the same time, he redeems the shallowness of decoration with a compelling antidote, the experience of pain. Those polarities inform a practice that Homi Bhabha describes as ‘an art of exquisite anxiety’” (Raqib Shaw cited in: Ben East, 'Raqib Shaw's Hopeless Quest for Beauty', The National, Abu Dhabi, February 2013, online).

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