George Condo

George Condo (New Hampshire, 1957) moved to New York on the urging of his friend the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in the late 1970s. Condo’s first public exhibitions were held in East Village galleries between 1981 and 1983, and after a brief stretch working in Andy Warhol’s Factory, Condo decamped to Paris in 1985 for 10 years before returning to New York. Known for his signature brand of figuration featuring fractured portraits, bold lines, and aggressive imagery. Condo often recontextualizes paintings from the Old Masters, blending their imagery and techniques with Modern aesthetics. Condo’s work is populated by a cast of characters whose bulging eyes, bulbous cheeks, proliferating limbs, and hideous over- and under- bites set them apart as a singular species. Drawing on vastly diverse painting practices Condo absorbed a vast range of art-historical sources, yet, at the same, creates a pictorial language characteristically his own, one that investigates the macabre, the carnivalesque, and the abject.

Condo has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. His works have been included in exhibitions at many prestigious museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany; the Musee Maillol, Paris; The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France, amongst others.

In 2011, The New Museum in New York City opened a mid-career retrospective of Condo's work titled Mental States. The show traveled to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Hayward Gallery, and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. In 2016 the Berggruen Museum in Berlin honored Condo with the exhibition "George Condo. Confrontation". In 2017, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. presented  "George Condo: The Way I Think, 1962 - 2017", the exhibition is a major survey of Condo's drawings and "drawing paintings" that travelled to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.

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   Eternity ,  1984  Oil on canvas  24.5 × 18.5 cm   

Eternity, 1984

Oil on canvas

24.5 × 18.5 cm