George Condo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    George Condo, 'The Joker', 212

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz (acquired directly from the artist)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • 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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The Joker

signed, titled and dated '02 The JokeR George Condo' on the reverse
oil on canvas
30.5 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in.)
Painted in 2002.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £112,500

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020