The Easel

RAQIB SHAW with Allie Biswas

Shaw’s stratospheric prices can be a distraction. For some, he makes art for the rich. Other critics stay more focused on his distinctive art. He blends Old Masters scenes with Eastern themes, all in painstaking detail and with sumptuous materials (including inlaid crystals). “One has to go all the way, otherwise there’s no point.” Images (paired with the corresponding Old Master painting) are here.