Duke Ellington

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  • Provenance

    PaceWildenstein, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, PaceWildenstein, George Condo. Jazz Paintings, 3 December 1999 - 15 January 2000

  • 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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Duke Ellington

signed, titled and dated 'Condo "The Duke Duke Ellington" 1999' on the reverse
acrylic and paper collage on canvas
152.7 x 152.7 cm (60 1/8 x 60 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1999.

Estimate
£70,000 - 90,000 

sold for £137,500

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Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 4 October 2018