A new exhibition at the Whitworth present the work of Raqib Shaw, a Calcutta-born, artist whose paintings are part-inspired by Renaissance and Baroque imagery which he realises through the medium of enamel and metallic industrial paints, drawn into with a porcupine quill. The paintings offer the viewer a spectacle of colour, narrative and grandeur which will be complemented by pieces specially selected from the Whitworth’s own collection, fused together to form an installation. In addition, the walls of the gallery will be pasted with a newly-commissioned wallpaper, designed by Shaw and printed in limited numbers for visitors to buy. Co-curated by outgoing director, Dr Maria Balshaw (who moves to the Tate shortly), Diana Campbell Betancourt (Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit and Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation) and the artist, this exhibition will be reimagined for the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh in February 2018.
From Sat 24 Jun – Nov, Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester, M156ER. Tel: 0161 2757450. Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun 10am – 5pm, late night opening Thu (until 9pm), FREE, www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
Published on: Sat 22 Jul 2017