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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York; Private collection, Connecticut; PaceWildenstein, New York

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  • 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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Nihilistic Lesson #1

1986
Tinted varnish, graphite, colored pencil and ballpoint pen on canvas.
80 1/8 x 138 in. (203.5 x 350.5 cm).
Signed and dated "Condo 86" lower right. This work is accompanied by a photograph signed and titled "Condo Nihilistic Lesson #1" by the artist.    

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York