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George Condo's Mental States

February sees the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt presenting a major survey of US artist George Condo. The exhibition is open until May 28, 2012. Find out more after the jump.

George Condo, The Cloudmaker, 1984, oil on canvas, 66 × 81,3 cm © George Condo. Collection of the artist, New York

Ironic, provocative, witty – many probably first got to know Condo through his collaboration with Kanye West. However, since his beginnings in New York’s East Village in the early 1980s, American artist George Condo has produced a distinctive body of work at a par with Keith Haring’s and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s.

George Condo, Skinny Jim, 2009, oil on canvas, 134,6 × 117,5 cm © George Condo. Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London

Born in New Hampshire in 1957, George Condo studied art history and musical theory. The former, repeatedly referenced in a number of his works. From Velázquez by way of Picasso to Gorky, Condo’s skillful drawing on the pictorial language of past centuries, incorporates a variety of painterly and pictorial styles into his works.

George Condo, Racing Forms, 2010, acrylic, charcoal and pastel on linen, 177,8 × 177,8 cm, private collection, New York © George Condo

By using traditional materials, techniques and stylistic forms, Condo establishes cross references spanning from the Renaissance and the Baroque to Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.

Like the old masters, he attaches special importance to his figures’ faces for example. However, they are grotesquely distorted and cubistically exaggerated.

George Condo, Portrait of a Woman, 2002, oil on canvas, 182,9 × 152,4 cm, private collection, London, © George Condo

Condo’s paintings are characterised by humor, absurdity, and exuberance in a style described as artificial realism. Both his paintings and sculptures display his ongoing examination of human physiognomy and mental states.

George Condo, Dreams and Nightmares of the Queen, 2006, oil on canvas, 50,8 × 40,6 cm, private collection, © George Condo. Image courtesy the lender

The exhibition “George Condo. Mental States” encompasses sixty-six important paintings from the last three decades organised thematically and stylistically into five sections – “Portraits,” “Manic Society,” “Pathos,” “Abstraction/Figuration,” and “Heads”.

“Mental States” is open until May 28th 2012 at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt.

Images were taken from Schirn.

written by webo29

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