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White Cube, Hoxton Square

Raqib Shaw

Absence of God

RAQIB SHAW, Adam, 2008, fiberglass, resin, silicon oil, precious stones, 66.9 x 79.1 x 79. 1 in.

Raqib Shaw’s dazzling debut solo exhibition at London’s White Cube gallery was so pretty it hurt. “Absence of God” comprised the London-based artist’s signature paintings made from enamel, semi-precious stones and industrial paint on linen, their iconography trapped between fairytale and nightmare, as well as Shaw’s first foray into sculpture.

This piece, a life-size fiberglass sculpture entitled Adam (2008), is a representation…

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