George Condo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Pace Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in October 1989

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Pace Gallery, Sculpture by Painters, June 23 - September 1, 1989
    Zurich, Gallery Bruno Bischofberger, George Condo: Sculpture, September 25 - November 15, 2003, pp. 12-13, 108 (another example exhibited and illustrated; installation view from The Pace Gallery illustrated, p. 37)
    Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, George Condo: One Hundred Women. Retrospektive, March 12 - August 14, 2005, pp. 110-111 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Michael Brenson, "'Sculpture by Painters' at the Pace", The New York Times, June 30, 1989, p. C00021

  • 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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Property from a Distinguished Midwestern Collection


Electric Ballerina

incised with the artist's signature, number and date "Condo 89 1/6" on the base
85 x 22 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (215.9 x 57.2 x 64.8 cm.)
Executed in 1989, this work is number 1 from an edition of 6 plus 1 artist's proof.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $56,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 450 Park Avenue