George Condo
What's the point?
April 9–June 1, 2019
Los Angeles

What’s the Point of consistency in art?

Every time I put a brushstroke down on a canvas I ask myself, “What’s the Point?

What’s the Point of each and every mark going onto the painting? It is important for an artist to ask themselves that question. I am intentional with every move I make as a painter. Even if it appears to be random or an accident, or just a part of a painting that seems less important than another, it is not and cannot ever be. The choice of color has a point. It may be to balance an area of a painting in coordination with another part or to equalize the fine line between perception and reality within the abstract perception of a formal set of guidelines (that never apply to anything other than the singular experience invested in each artwork). There is no guideline to the unknown. It is a path cut out in the wild with a machete looking for a clearing and hoping to arrive at a destination. That, I believe, is the point, in fact: to arrive at your destination. It may be on the other end of an illogical equation which finally makes sense only some number of years later, or finally does not make sense in the end but remains the ultimate ending: the finished painting.

 

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One can see the entire world through this lens, to ask What’s the Point of meaningless intangibles and vacant thoughts, blank space or overpopulated ruminations. The degree to which the mind can play games with itself or the degree to which it can be misled with false, if not real, information. Real information can in fact be false today. We are living in a time when what is presented to us in the news cycle is real—there is no doubt that it is in fact what is being presented. However, What’s the Point in believing in the material content when it could be a truth constructed to make you believe something for the purpose of political manipulation?

What’s the Point of being consistent? In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
George Condo


Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present What's the Point?, an exhibition of new paintings by George Condo at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles. One of the most significant artists of the last several decades, Condo creates works that dramatically bridge an array of painterly approaches, moods, and influences from diverse fields such as art history, music, philosophy, and popular culture. The artist’s compositions often begin with the human figure, rendered variously in fluid networks of black lines and interlacing planes of bold color that move seamlessly between controlled precision and unabashed exuberance. His canvases tap into the extremes of human emotion and, at a moment of crisis in American and global politics, a sense of mania and disorder that nonetheless holds out hope for progress and resolution. The paintings in What’s the Point? demonstrate the breadth of Condo’s artistic references, for example, from seventeenth-century portraiture of beggars and thieves found in the work of Dutch and Italian masters, to his own compendium of painterly gestures, which together form a trenchant picture of contemporary human consciousness.

 

Installation Views
George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

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George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, LA, April 9–June 1, 2019

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Exhibited Works
George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Internal Network, 2018

George Condo
Internal Network, 2018
Oil on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Birdbrain, 2018

George Condo
Birdbrain, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Double Nude Composition, 2018

George Condo
Double Nude Composition, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 198.1 cm
70 × 78 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Screaming and Yelling, 2018

George Condo
Screaming and Yelling, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 162.6 cm
70 × 64 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
The Outcast, 2019

George Condo
The Outcast, 2019
Oil and pigment stick on linen
198.1 × 254 cm
78 × 100 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
What's the point?, 2018

George Condo
What's the point?, 2018
Oil on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Western Romance, 2018

George Condo
Western Romance, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 162.6 cm
70 × 64 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Shorty and His Gang, 2019

George Condo
Shorty and His Gang, 2019
Acrylic, gesso, metallic paint and pigment stick on linen
254 × 594.4 cm
100 × 234 inches
(in three parts)

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Insanity, 2019

George Condo
Insanity, 2019
Oil on linen
190.5 × 208.3 cm
75 × 82 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
The Chef, 2019

George Condo
The Chef, 2019
Oil and pigment stick on linen
208.3 × 190.5 cm
82 × 75 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles
George Condo
Billy the Kid, 2018-19

George Condo
Billy the Kid, 2018-19
Oil, pigment stick and collage on linen
198.1 × 254 cm
78 × 100 inches

Details
George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Internal Network, 2018
Oil on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Birdbrain, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Double Nude Composition, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 198.1 cm
70 × 78 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Screaming and Yelling, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 162.6 cm
70 × 64 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
The Outcast, 2019
Oil and pigment stick on linen
198.1 × 254 cm
78 × 100 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
What's the point?, 2018
Oil on linen
289.6 × 289.6 cm
114 × 114 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Western Romance, 2018
Oil and pigment stick on linen
177.8 × 162.6 cm
70 × 64 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Shorty and His Gang, 2019
Acrylic, gesso, metallic paint and pigment stick on linen
254 × 594.4 cm
100 × 234 inches
(in three parts)

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Insanity, 2019
Oil on linen
190.5 × 208.3 cm
75 × 82 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
The Chef, 2019
Oil and pigment stick on linen
208.3 × 190.5 cm
82 × 75 inches

George Condo – What’s the point? – Los Angeles

George Condo
Billy the Kid, 2018-19
Oil, pigment stick and collage on linen
198.1 × 254 cm
78 × 100 inches

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Selected Press

George Condo Opens “What’s the Point?” Exhibition at Sprüth Magers
Hypebeast, article by Eric Brain, April 10, 2019

Take a Look Around George Condo’s New “What’s the Point?” Exhibition
Highsnobiety, article by Heather Snowden, April 14, 2019

George Condo Gets to the Point at His New Los Angeles Exhibition
LA Weekly, review by Jordan Riefe, April 17, 2019