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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

    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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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