George Condo - Contemporary Art Part I New York Monday, November 8, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace Wildenstein, New York; Private collection, New York; Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, Knokke, Belgium; Private collection, Switzerland

  • Exhibited

    Knokke, Belgium, Maruani & Noirhomme Gallery, The Essence of George Condo: 1983-1996, December 17, 2005 - February 5, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    George Condo came to prominence in the 1980s with his inauguration of the term Abstract Realism, a category that gave the artist’s work an energy all its own. Condo’s Abstract Realism weaves stylistic and figurative tensions, exploring the psychological complexities of parody and pathos inherent in human nature.
    The artist’s most exquisite paintings convey multiple psychological dimensions, of which this present lot, Particle Pick Up, is a seamless example. Condo’s portraiture draws figurative influence from the Old Masters, while his style is steered by the modern trends of Cubism, Surrealism and Animation. Set against a bare background, the female figure juxtaposes satire and desolation, a modern expression of sexuality boldly removing itself from the sensual, idealized approach of art historical convention.
    As Henry Geldzahler said of the work, “it is through a carnival-like burlesque that Condo continually subverts the terms he is using… the many absurd portraits he paints are masks, behind which he works" (Nicholas Robinson Gallery, 2007).

  • 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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Particle Pick Up

Oil on canvas.
78 x 120 in. (198.1 x 304.8 cm).
Signed and dated “Condo 96” upper right; also signed and titled “Condo ‘Particle Pick up’” on the reverse.

$500,000 - 700,000 

Sold for $542,500

Contemporary Art Part I

8 November 2010
New York