White Cube, London Acquired from the above by the present owner
London, White Cube; and Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Raqib Shaw: Absence of God, May - July 2009, p. 15, illustrated in colour
“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).
Colour: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although it fails to fully convey the iridescent qualities of enamel, glitter and rhinestones visible in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals some minute and unobtrusive specks of loss in isolated places along the extreme outer edge. Extremely close inspection reveals under racking light reveals a few shallow and superficial scratches in isolated places. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."