George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

 

George Condo
Drawings
October 18–November 22, 2008
Berlin

To inaugurate the opening of the new Berlin gallery, Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are delighted to present large format drawings by the American artist George Condo.

Condo’s work is marked by the unification of perceived contradictions; it combines the formal language of classical painting such as Diego Velazquez and Pablo Picasso with the aesthetics of modern cartoons and mass media. While Condo refrains from citing images directly, subtly integrating art historical references into his own image world, his work is unique. Condo contaminates the legacy of the art historical canon through dark humor and the grotesque.

 

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The drawing ‘Jesus and the Cross’ incorporates one of the oldest iconographies of Western art history. Highly influenced by the post-Cubist style of Picasso, this abstract portrait brings together a wide range of visual references stretching from the Christian symbolism of the Cross to primitive impressions of cartoon characters and textile prints. The face of the main figure is divided by a phallic form. While it would be easy to interpret this portrait as an ironic comment on Christian belief, Condo is far from ridiculing religion. By re-contextualising the subject of Jesus through contemporary imagery, Condo seeks not only to present an experience of devotion and grief but also of the extreme, hysteria and absurdity.

The seven drawings in the exhibition are diverse interpretations of the portrait as a traditional genre. While ‘The Tailor’ undermines the idea of the classical portrait, Condo composed ‘Faces in My Head’ in the form of an ornamental tapestry of abstract faces. The vibrancy of colour in these works contrasts with yet also compliments the black and white drawings ‘The Cabinet Maker’s Family’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’.

After studying fine art Condo worked as a studio employee at Andy Warhol’s Factory. He then moved to Cologne, Germany, where his association with the artists Walter Dahn and Jiri Dokupil of the group ‘Junge Wilde’ marked a shift in his practice. Condo has been showing with Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers gallery since 1984. He lives and works in New York.

 

Installation Views
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

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George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Drawings
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, October 18–November 22, 2008

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Exhibited Works
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
The Tailor, 2008

George Condo
The Tailor, 2008
Charcoal, pastel and acrylic with sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Of Mice and Men, 2008

George Condo
Of Mice and Men, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
The Cabinet Maker’s Family, 2008

George Condo
The Cabinet Maker’s Family, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Jesus and The Cross, 2008

George Condo
Jesus and The Cross, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
The Engagement, 2008

George Condo
The Engagement, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Faces in My Head, 2008

George Condo
Faces in My Head, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Sailors and Maidens, 2008

George Condo
Sailors and Maidens, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
The Lonely Accountant’s Wife, 2008

George Condo
The Lonely Accountant’s Wife, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo – Drawings – Berlin
George Condo
Rodrigo with Girlfriend, 2008

George Condo
Rodrigo with Girlfriend, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on paper
152.4 × 127 cm
60 × 50 inches

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George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
The Tailor, 2008
Charcoal, pastel and acrylic with sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
The Tailor, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Of Mice and Men, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
Of Mice and Men, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
The Cabinet Maker’s Family, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
The Cabinet Maker’s Family, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Jesus and The Cross, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
Jesus and The Cross, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
The Engagement, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
The Engagement, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Faces in My Head, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
Faces in My Head, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Sailors and Maidens, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
Sailors and Maidens, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
The Lonely Accountant’s Wife, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel and sand on paper
152.4 × 130.8 cm
60 × 51 1/2 inches

George Condo
The Lonely Accountant’s Wife, 2008
George Condo – Drawings – Berlin

George Condo
Rodrigo with Girlfriend, 2008
Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on paper
152.4 × 127 cm
60 × 50 inches

George Condo
Rodrigo with Girlfriend, 2008
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Selected Press

Ballsaal in Berlin für Sprüth Magers
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, review by Lisa Zeitz, November 8, 2008

George Condo
Vanity Fair, October 2008