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  • Provenance

    Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich
    Private Collection
    Phillips, New York, Under the Influence, 19 September 2013, lot 63
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Angular Head Sculpture with Turning Smile

2005
conté crayon on paper
76.2 x 56.5 cm (30 x 22 1/4 in.)
Signed and dated 'Condo 05' lower right. Further signed, titled and dated 'Condo "Angular head sculpture with turning smile" 05' on the reverse.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £31,250

Contact Specialist
Henry Highley
Head of Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4061

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2016