02. Artists

George Condo

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b. 1957 in Concord, Massachusetts (USA); lives and works in New York (USA)

“Artificial Realism” is George Condo’s term for his destructured figures with their forced smiles. This “realistic representation of the artificial” lets him transfigure the apparent realism of his portraits with an emotion that invades and deliberately disfigures his paintings; in this way he makes play with countless references to art history and the convulsions of the world we live in.

Condo’s work has been acquired by leading public collections and been given retrospectives at the New Museum (New York), the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), the Hayward Gallery (London) and the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt).

With the support of Skarstedt, New York Sprüth-Magers, Berlin/Londres

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Works


La vie moderne

5 works by George Condo, Création Biennale 2015

“Artificial Realism” is George Condo’s term for his destructured figures with their forced smiles. This “realistic representation of the artificial” transfigures the apparent realism of his portraits with an emotion that invades and deliberately disfigures his paintings; in this way he makes play with countless references to art history and the convulsions of the world we live in. The five paintings George Condo has created for the Biennale mark a turning point in his work: the flat colours evoke Mondrian; the twisted faces recall Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase or the late works of Picasso; the masterful, thick lines and the effect of movement from one point of the canvas to another could come straight out of film… George Condo’s “imaginary portraits” conjure up evident states and feelings: fear of heights, the subject’s anxiety and the grotesqueness of life – in short, humanity at its most touching.

Courtesy de l’artiste, Skarstedt, New York et Sprüth Magers, Berlin / London

Entrance to the Void

Zombie Modernism

Landslid

Tumbling Forms

Reflections in My Mind

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

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Gallery
George Condo 6 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
5 works by George Condo - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
Entrance to the Void - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
Zombie Modernism - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
Landslid - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
Tumbling Forms - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

George Condo
Reflections in My Mind - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)