George Condo - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
    Private collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Biennial Exhibition 1987, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, April 9 – July 5, 1987

  • Literature

    Richard Armstrong, 1987 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, exh. cat., New York, 1987, illustrated p. 43

  • Catalogue Essay

    George Condo exhibited three paintings in the Whitney Biennial in 1987: ‘Girl with Purple Dress’, ‘Dancing to Miles’ loaned by Eli Broad, and ‘Black Insect 41’ loaned by Larry Gagosian. A few days after the opening of the biennial Condo changed his gallery representation from Barbara Gladstone to Pace Gallery. In 1987, Condo also met Anna Achadian, who he married two years later. ‘Girl with Purple Dress’ represents a pivotal time in Condo’s life, a bittersweet moment of professional and personal advancement, but a separation from the vibrant downtown scene.

  • 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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Girl with Purple Dress

Oil on canvas.
79 x 70 1/2 in. (200.7 x 179.1 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "Girl with Purple Dress, Condo 86" on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $314,500


16 October 2012
New York