George Condo - Contemporary Art Part II New York Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Pace Gallery, New York
    Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, Belgium
    Private collection, Belgium

  • 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 Portable Musician (Matisse)

Oil on canvas.
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
Signed and dated "Condo 87" upper left and signed, and dated "Condo 1987-88" on the reverse.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $122,500

Contemporary Art Part II

8 November 2011
New York