Paradise Lost

08 November11 January 2014

508/510/534 West 25th Street, New York

November 2013 saw Raqib Shaw exhibit at Pace Gallery New York. Held across three venues in the city and based on the theme of John Milton’s Paradise Lost this was Shaw’s first public presentation in New York since his 2008 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included in the Pace exhibition were ten paintings, three sculptures, and five drawings. The works depicted opulent scenes of beastly anthropomorphic figures amidst fantastical worlds of idyllic skies and classical ruins. A fusion of Indian mythological figures, hybrids of man and beast, warring in landscapes inspired by quattrocento and Renaissance painting. They are a synthesis of Indian miniatures painted with precision and delicacy and Western classical architecture inspired by Carlo Crivelli’s The Annunciation in the National Gallery, London. Shaw’s series can be interpreted as a direct confrontation between East and West where the shattered monuments suggest the triumph of the East.

Paradise Lost, Pace Gallery 2013-2014.

Installation photograph courtesy Pace Gallery.

Artworks photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd, Kerry Ryan McFate, Ellen Broughton and Tom Barratt.

 

Exhibition Artworks

Arrival of the Ram King, 2013

Coin Thrower, 2013

Horse Catcher, 2013

Collapse of the Cloud Kingdom I, 2013

Collapse of the Cloud Kingdom II, 2013

Twilight Painting I, 2013

Twilight Painting II, 2013

Doomsday at Xanadu (…of Beasts & Super Beasts), 2012

Initiations at Xanadu (…of Beasts & Super Beasts), 2012

The Disambiguation of the Myth of the Last Shinobi, 2012

St. Sebastian of the Poppies, 2012

Absence of God Synopsis, 2012

Gardens of Earthly Delights Synopsis, 2012

Paradise Lost Synopsis, 2012

Moon Howlers, 2009

Trio I, 2013

Trio II, 2013

Paradise Lost ‘Chapters 1 & 2’, 2011