Self-Portrait

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist in 1983

  • Catalogue Essay

    The following works belong to the personal collection of American artist, David Bowes. Now based in Turin, Italy, Bowes was an integral member of Manhattan’s 1980s art scene. Befriending artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo, he worked alongside them and even, in some cases, shared studio space. Each of these unique works, all gifted to Bowes by Condo himself, reflects their special relationship forged during a pioneering time in the New York art world.

  • 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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Property from the Collection of David Bowes

Self-Portrait

signed, titled and dated "Condo 83.2.10 Self Por"
crayon and acrylic on handmade rag paper
30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm.)
Executed in 1983.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

sold for $32,500

Contact Specialist
Rebekah Bowling
Head of Sale
New York
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New York Auction 19 September 2017