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  • Provenance

    Simon Lee Gallery, London
    Sale: Phillips de Pury & Co., New York, Under The Influence, March 31, 2008, lot 117
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the viewer’s mind, jazz and abstraction are connected, not only because hard-bop and abstract expressionism occurred at the same time, but because both were emphasizing a similar artistic approach: a greater sense of freedom embedded in the idea that art provides the innermost expression of the individual… George Condo acts like the archaeologist who has brought forth something which is latent in our consciousness. He is not merely reviving an ancient style, but is reformulating it at the speed of our age.
    (O. Berggruen, George Condo: Portraits Lost in Space, New York, 1999, p. 30)

  • 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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Memory of Spain

1991
oil on canvas
82 x 78 1/8 in. (208.3 x 198.4 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "George Condo 91 Memories of Spain" on the reverse.

Estimate
$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $200,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York