George Condo "Drawing Paintings"

Skarstedt Gallery

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Skarstedt Gallery presents the exhibition of new paintings by George Condo. This exhibition is comprised of twelve paintings from a continuing body of work begun in 2009, which the artist refers to as Drawing Paintings. In his Drawing Paintings, Condo combines the improvisational velocity of drafting with varied methods of abstract painting to explore what he calls abstract figuration.

Referring to the Drawing Painting series, Condo says:

“These are my newest works, just plain improvisation on the human figure and its consciousness. They are about freedom of line and color and blurring the distinction between drawing and painting. They are about beauty and horror walking hand in hand.”

Condo’s preoccupation with the figure and recurring imaginary characters is continued in these new works. Bow-tied butlers and leering nudes make fragmented appearances among the charcoal lines and patches of pastel and acrylic. On floor two, Condo expands on the Drawing Paintings with a series of works known as Compressions. In this series, the compositions are concentrated towards one corner; figures forms and colors are compressed to the extent that they become sculptural in their appearance. Condo’s visions are compacted into a massive block of gestures and brushwork.

Born in New Hampshire in 1957, Condo has occupied a prominent position in the art world for close to three decades. Along with Basquiat and Haring, Condo was instrumental in the international revival of painting in the 1980s. He has since stood as an example to younger practitioners through his commitment to his personal vision. Condo’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney amongst numerous other museums throughout the United States and Europe. His mid-career retrospective George Condo: Mental States, which debuted at the New Museum last winter, is currently on view at the Hayward Gallery in London.

[Image: George Condo "Compression I" (2011) acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen, 72 x 74 in.]



from November 04, 2011 to December 17, 2011


George Condo

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