George Condo, ‘Untitled (Mental States playing card drawing)’, 2011, Mark Borghi Fine Art
George Condo, ‘Untitled (Mental States playing card drawing)’, 2011, Mark Borghi Fine Art

Signature: Signed and dated upper left; Signed and dated in ink, upper left recto. Within a box set and with one pack of playing cards.

"George Condo: Mental States" at Hayward Gallery, London, October 18, 2011-January 8, 2012

Published for the exhibition "George Condo: Mental States" at Hayward Gallery, London, October 18, 2011-January 8, 2012.

Sprueth Magers, London and Berlin; Private collection 2017

About George Condo

George Condo’s work is populated by a cast of characters whose bulging eyes, bulbous cheeks, proliferating limbs, and hideous over- and under-bites set them apart as a singular species. Drawing on vastly diverse painting practices—like Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Henri Matisse, and Cy Twombly—Condo absorbs a vast range of art-historical sources, yet, at the same, creates a pictorial language characteristically his own, one that investigates the macabre, the carnivalesque, and the abject. He calls his surrealistic style “psychological cubism”, exploiting “our own imperfections—the private, off-moments or unseen aspects of humanity—that often give way to some of painting’s most beautiful moments.” Even Condo’s most abstract works, like Internal Space (2005) with its impenetrable geometric scaffolding of forms radiating from the painting’s center, explore the furthest extremes of the human psyche.

American, b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire, based in New York, New York