George Condo - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Donaueschingen. Fürstenberg Sammlungen, ahead of the 21st century-- The Pisces Collection, June, 2002 – October, 2004

  • Literature

    G. Condo, Portraits Lost in Space, New York, 1999, pp. 25 and 33 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    A self-professed devotee of jazz music, record covers from the 1950’s and ‘60’s have had a variety of aesthetic influences on various distinct groups within George Condo’s total body of work. In the present lot the homage is quite direct, but still clearly falls within the scope of the artist’s ongoing investigation of 20th century abstraction. The Jimi Hendrix Experience takes as a starting point a familiar commercial image, and, a la early Andy Warhol, personalizes and reinvents it with wild, frenetic swoops and splatters of paint. The result is an exciting acknowledgement of two of what Condo might consider to be among his most basic creative roots.

  • Artist Biography

    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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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Acrylic on canvas.
35 7/8 x 35 7/8 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm).

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $168,000

Contemporary Art Part I

17 May 2007
7pm New York