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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

    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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212

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.

Estimate
£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
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020