Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting Raqib Shaw’s second solo exhibition in the Paris Marais gallery featuring a series of new bronze sculptures and paintings. Meticulously cast by the traditional ‘lost wax’ casting method at the revered AB Foundry in England, at first glance Shaw’s new sculptures resemble Late-Mannerist bronzes from the Renaissance. However on closer inspection, these tangled groups of perfectly honed male figures that dance, wrestle and contort with each other have the heads of vampire bats, loins of skulls, jaws of fantastical beasts and leather gear and boots from today’s clubs. As art historian Caroyln Miner writes in The Maniera of Raqib Shaw : ‘Like the Mannerist sculptors, Shaw has made his figures, lithe, sinuous and slightly elongated or stretched, especially the necks and limbs… [he] has also aimed to delight and surprise the spectator by incorporating

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