Provenance: Private collection
When he emerged in the East Village art scene in the early 1980s, Condo coined the term Artificial Realism, “the realistic representation of that which is artificial”, to describe his hybridization of traditional European Old Master painting with a sensibility informed by American pop Along with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Condo was instrumental in the international revival of painting from the 1980s onward. Condo’s work has been influential to many artists of his generation and the generation that followed him, including Nigel Cooke, Sean Landers, John Currin, Lisa Yuskavage, and Glenn Brown.
In 2000, Condo was the subject of the documentary film Condo Painting, directed by John McNaughton. The film, which follows the progress of Condo’s large-scale oil painting Big Red over the course of one year, features an appearance by Allen Ginsberg, as well as footage of Condo collaborating with William S. Burroughs on paintings the two made together at Burroughs’ Kansas home in the mid-1990s.
There has been extensive critical writing about Condo’s work. Several monographs have been published, including The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo(powerHouse), George Condo: Sculpture by Thomas Kellein (Hatje Kanz), George Condo: One Hundred Women (Hatje Kanz), and in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title, George Condo: Mental States (Hayward Publishing).
In 1999, Condo received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2005 he received the Francis J. Greenburger Award. He has been invited to lecture at many prestigious institutions including Columbia University, Yale University, Pasadena Art Center, San Francisco MOMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the New Museum, New York. In 2004, Condo taught a six-month course at Harvard University entitled Painting Memory.
Condo’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, theAlbright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Broad Foundation, Los Angeles, among other American and European museums and public collections.