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George Condo

American  •  b. 1957

Biography

Picasso once said, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." Indeed, American artist George Condo frequently cites Picasso as an explicit source in his contemporary cubist compositions and joyous use of paint. Condo is known for neo-Modernist compositions staked in wit and the grotesque, which draw the eye into a highly imaginary world. 

Condo came up in the New York art world at a time when art favored brazen innuendo and shock. Student to Warhol, best friend to Basquiat and collaborator with William S. Burroughs, Condo tracked a different path. He was drawn to the endless inquiries posed by the aesthetics and formal considerations of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and the Old Masters.

Insights

  • Condo has often described his work as "psychological cubism."

  • Though the artist only met Warhol once while working at the Factory, Warhol later purchased several paintings from Condo's first show.

"That's what painting is all about: discovering a way to paint because you love paint. I could roll myself in it, drink it, eat it and kill myself, suffocating in it."

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