London: White Cube, 2011. Cloth. Quarto (304 x 245 mm.),  213 pp., ill. (2 folding), bibliographical references, pictorial cloth. As new, light marking to covers. As new. Item #675
Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Raqib Shaw - Paradise Lost" at White Cube Mason's Yard, 28 September - 12 November 2011. Coordinated and edited by Honey Luard. Texts by Fereshteh Daftari and David Lomas.
"White Cube Mason's Yard presented 'Paradise Lost', a new series of work by the London based artist Raqib Shaw. Historically, John Milton's epic poem, based on the Fall of Man, has inspired artists such as William Blake or Gustave Doré, yet Shaw steers away from this grand narrative to create a visionary ode to his own childhood memories and imaginary paradise.
A departure point for the new series of work is 'The Mild-Eyed Melancholy of the Lotus Eaters' (2009-2010) which refers to Homer's 'Odyssey' and more directly, the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson who described the narcotic effects of the lotus flower when eaten by a group of mariners. Shaw depicts a pond carpeted with lotus flowers that appear to have intoxicated the various creatures and figures, languishing in a state of carnal inertia." (White Cube Gallery website).