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Property of an Important Asian Collector

Young Girl with Blue Dress

2007
signed and dated 'Condo 07' on the reverse
oil on canvas
127 x 106.5 cm. (50 x 41 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

Estimate
HK$3,000,000 - 5,000,000 
€331,000-552,000
$385,000-641,000

sold for HK$12,100,000

Contact Specialist
Jonathan Crockett
Deputy Chairman, Asia and Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Asia
+852 2318 2023

Sandy Ma
Specialist, Head of Evening Sale
+852 2318 2025

General Enquiries
+852 2318 2000

  • Provenance

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
    Christie's, London, 15 October 2011, Lot 256
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Grace Coddington ed., “Masterpiece Theater”, in Vogue, December 2007, p. 375 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Young Girl with Blue Dress was painted in 2007 and showcases one of George Condo’s unmistakable muses. With her face constructed from a mysterious, colourful agglomeration of forms stacked one atop the other, with one eye goggling and the teeth of her upper mouth displaced in a crazed rictus grin, this picture is filled with the unique energy that informs Condo’s greatest paintings. In Young Girl with Blue Dress, Condo has used Old Master techniques and subject matter to create an image that is at once timeless and contemporary.

    Condo’s artistic career began in Boston, but he soon moved to New York, becoming friends with young contemporaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, while also briefly working in Andy Warhol’s studio. Already fascinated by the pictures of the Old Masters, Condo took a very different path from his New York-based friends and instead moved to Paris for a number of years. Condo gained his incredibly wide visual erudition, by his immersion in European culture, evident in Young Girl with Blue Dress, which has echoes of folk art and old portraits, while also referencing—and mocking—Pablo Picasso’s Cubism in the forms of the face and the faceted upper torso. The stylised elements of this painting are further thrust into relief by the contrast with some of the hair, which is shown almost naturalistically, unlike that on the very top of the subject’s head, which looks like corrugated vinyl pipe, reminiscent of one of Picasso’s peers, Fernand Léger’s pictures.

    Condo has described his depictions of grinning, demented, delirious subjects as ‘psychological cubism’, often featuring an expression that ‘goes between a scream and a smile,’ as is the case in Young Girl with Blue Dress. Condo has explained that this ‘reflects simultaneous emotions or conversations with the conflicting voices in your head’ (Condo, quoted in Ossian Ward, ‘George Condo: Interview’, Time Out, 6 February 2007, reproduced at www.timeout.com). In Young Girl with Blue Dress, Condo pushes his viewer’s expectations to bold extremes by tapping into the canon of female portraiture in this picture and gleefully undermining it. Notions of female beauty have been blown out of the water, replaced instead by an image that is arresting, humorous, angst-ridden and irreverent.
    Condo has managed to take the pulsing energy, insight and iconoclasm of his friends Haring and Basquiat and channel it through an image painted in traditional oils on canvas, breathing new life and relevance into an old medium.

  • Catalogue Essay

    喬治‧康多於2007年創作的作品《藍裙女子》,畫的無庸置疑是啟發他的繆斯之一。繆斯的臉龐由形形色色的神秘色塊堆疊而成,她睜大一隻眼睛,齜牙裂嘴地笑著,畫面充滿康多獨樹一幟的藝術能量。在《藍裙女子》中,康多採用「古典大師」的技法和主題,創造出一幅既恆久又具當代性的作品。 康多的藝術生涯始於波士頓,但不久之後便遷居紐約,並在當地結識尚‧米榭‧巴斯奇亞、凱斯‧哈林等年輕當代藝術家朋友。康多曾短暫在安迪‧渥荷的工作室工作,但他當時已著迷古典大師的作品,因此決定移居巴黎,就此踏上一條與他的紐約朋友們不同的道路。康多受到歐洲文化的洗禮,培養出博大精深的藝術語彙;《藍裙女子》喚起歐洲的鄉土和肖像藝術情懷,同時也透過臉部和上半身的描繪方式,影射並兼嘲弄畢卡索代表的立體主義畫派。畫面中,人物臉部和上半身以色塊元素的組成的立體呈現與兩側頭髮幾近於自然主義的描繪方式形成對比,最上方的頭髮處理得像波紋管,使我們聯想到畢卡索的同儕藝術家,費爾南德‧萊格之作。 康多將其創作中描繪齜牙裂嘴、精神錯亂、發狂發癲人物的作品形容為「精神病立體派」,人物臉部表情常介於尖叫與微笑之間,反映著腦海中同時存在卻相互扺觸的情緒和聲音。(內容源自「訪談:喬治‧康多」,歐西安‧瓦德康多,《Time Out》,2007年2月6日,節錄自:www.timeout.com) 康多在創作《藍裙女子》時一方面遵循肖像畫的標準,同時卻又興高采烈地在暗地中破壞所有準則,大膽地將觀者的期待推向極限兩端。任何既定的女性美都不復存在,取而代之的是幽默不遜、叫人看了焦慮卻又抽離不了的畫面。康多在傳統油畫布面作品上展現自己的藝術能量和洞察力,還注入凱斯‧哈林與尚‧米榭‧巴斯奇亞的「破壞偶像主義」 ,賦予陳腐的媒材全新的生命力和重要性。

  • Artist Bio

    George Condo

    American • 1957

    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.

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Ο ♦10

Property of an Important Asian Collector

Young Girl with Blue Dress

2007
signed and dated 'Condo 07' on the reverse
oil on canvas
127 x 106.5 cm. (50 x 41 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

Estimate
HK$3,000,000 - 5,000,000 
€331,000-552,000
$385,000-641,000

sold for HK$12,100,000

Contact Specialist
Jonathan Crockett
Deputy Chairman, Asia and Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Asia
+852 2318 2023

Sandy Ma
Specialist, Head of Evening Sale
+852 2318 2025

General Enquiries
+852 2318 2000

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Evening Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2017

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