George Condo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction New York Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, February 12, 1991, lot 393
    Private Collection, Canada
    Christie's, New York, July 22, 2015, lot 213
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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signed and dated "George Condo 3/81" on the reverse
pencil and pastel on paper
image 33 3/4 x 21 3/4 in. (85.7 x 55.2 cm)
sheet 35 3/4 x 24 in. (90.8 x 61 cm)

Executed in 1981.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $9,525

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20th Century & Contemporary Art: Online Auction

26 September - 5 October 2023