George Condo

Born in Concord, New Hampshire. Lives and works in New York.

George Condo is as well known for his exquisite, painterly portraits as he is for the bizarre cast of archetypal characters that inhabit them. His subjects are classically posed, dramatically lit, and surrounded by conflated fragments from the history of painting, such as bubbles, glass bottles, drapery, vegetables lifted from the still-life table, and vague empty settings to better project the subject of the picture. In the end, however, the entire world and inner life of his subjects derive completely from his imagination.

He has exhibited in the United States and in Europe, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Guggenheim, New York; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Salzburg; Ministere de la Culture, Paris; Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany and most recently at the Wrong Gallery in the Tate Modern, London.

In 2000 he was the subject of the documentary film Condo Painting, directed by John McNaughton. His work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. “He worked for Warhol, jammed with Basquiat – and now designs albums for Kanye West and handbags for Kim Kardashian” (Jeffries, 2014).

 

Jeffries, Stuart (2014). George Condo: I was delirious. Nearly Died. The Guardian. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/10/george-condo