George Condo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • “I kind of draw like you’re walking through the forest, where you don’t really know where you’re going, and you just start from some point and randomly travel through the paper until you get to a place where you finally reach your destination… I work quickly and I don’t see why it takes so long to make drawings, I mean basically you’re working like the way a performer plays a violin…there’s going to be a slow movement sarabande or something of that nature, and then there’s going to be a presto vivace, but you can’t miss any of the notes in either one and so the tempo is very important when it comes to art.” 
    — George Condo


    • Provenance

      Private Collection, Milan
      Acquired from the above 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 'Condo 87.2.27' upper left
oil stick on paper laid down on canvas
56.9 x 76 cm (22 3/8 x 29 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1987.

Full Cataloguing

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £171,450

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 March 2023