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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist in 1983

  • Catalogue Essay

    The following works belong to the personal collection of American artist, David Bowes. Now based in Turin, Italy, Bowes was an integral member of Manhattan’s 1980s art scene. Befriending artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and George Condo, he worked alongside them and even, in some cases, shared studio space. Each of these unique works, all gifted to Bowes by Condo himself, reflects their special relationship forged during a pioneering time in the New York art world.

  • 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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Property from the Collection of David Bowes

134

Self-Portrait

signed, titled and dated "Condo 83.2.10 Self Por"
crayon and acrylic on handmade rag paper
30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm.)
Executed in 1983.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $32,500

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Rebekah Bowling
Head of Sale
New York
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New York Auction 19 September 2017