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  • Provenance

    Simon Lee Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Simon Lee Gallery, George Condo, February 7 - April 5, 2007

  • Literature

    Simon Lee Gallery, ed., George Condo, London, 2007, p. 25 (illustrated); L. Buck "I Like Art That Takes Risks," The Art Newspaper, London/New York, February 2007, p. 36 (illustrated); Alice B-B, “The A-List,” Vanity Fair Online, September 2, 2007, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "George Condo has always been a painter’s painter, an artist for whom the sheer act of pushing paint around on a canvas marks the beginning, rather than the resolution, of his creative process. In the studio he can insouciantly complete a canvas a day when he’s in the mood, and it would be hard to overstate his love of paint. “I could roll myself in it, drink it, eat it, and kill myself, suffocating in it,” he once said. His emergence during the go-go New York art scene of the 1980s left him with an undeserved reputation as somewhat of a hedonist, but in reality his only vice has been finding ways to keep working just as he wants to. “I have never denied myself something I want to paint,” Condo recently told me."  (S. Schmidt, “George Condo meets GeorgeWashington,” George Condo: One Hundred Women, New York, 2005, p. 11)

  • 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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Tumbling Heads

Oil on canvas.
80 1/8 x 65 1/4 in. (203.5 x 165.7 cm).

Signed and dated “Condo ’06” on the reverse.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Sold for $1,049,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York