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  •  "My painting is all about this interchangeability of languages in art, where one second you might feel the background has the shading and tonalities you would see in a Rembrandt portrait, but the subject is completely different and painted like some low-culture, transgressive mutation of a comic strip." — George Condo

    • Provenance

      Hauser & Wirth, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Artist Biography

      George Condo

      American • 1957

      Few artists have dedicated their careers as singularly to one genre as George Condo has to that of portraiture. He is drawn to the endless inquiries posed by the aesthetics and formal considerations of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and the Old Masters. Emerging on the New York art scene in the 1980s alongside contemporaries such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Condo developed a distinctive visual lexicon that is unmistakably his own. 

      Student to Warhol, friend to Basquiat and collaborator with William S. Burroughs, Condo tracked a different path. The artist frequently cites Picasso as a predominant influence in his contemporary cubist compositions and joyous use of paint. Condo is known for postmodernist compositions staked in wit and the grotesque, which draw the eye into a highly imaginary world. 

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Laughing Clown Composition

signed and dated 'Condo 2020' with printer's blindstamp lower right; numbered '17/25' lower left
etching with drypoint on Hahnemuhle Copperplate paper
sheet 68.1 x 76 cm. (26 3/4 x 29 7/8 in.)
frame 86.6 x 94.2 cm. (34 1/8 x 37 1/8 in.)

Published by Hauser & Wirth Editions, New York in 2020, this work is number 17 from an edition of 25 plus 10 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$252,000

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong

Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

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