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George Condo

Drawing Paintings

November 4 - December 21, 2011

Upper East Side

<i>Compression VI </i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 
81 x 110 inches
Compression VI , 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
81 x 110 inches
<i>Purple Compression</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 
74 x 90 inches
Purple Compression, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
74 x 90 inches
<i>Black and Red Compression</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 
68 x 85 inches
Black and Red Compression, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
68 x 85 inches
<i>Compression I</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen 
72 x 74 inches
Compression I, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
<i>Compression IV</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
Compression IV, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
<i>Compression II</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
Compression II, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
<i>Compression III</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
Compression III, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
72 x 74 inches
<i>Internal Voices</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Internal Voices, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Cascading Butlers</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Cascading Butlers, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Comic Relief</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Comic Relief, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Anthropology</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Anthropology, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Figure Change</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Figure Change, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Conversations</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
Conversations, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
65 x 50 inches
<i>Full Sweep</i>, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
85 x 68 inches
Full Sweep, 2011
Acrylic, charcoal, pastel on linen
85 x 68 inches

Press Release

Skarstedt Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of new paintings by George Condo, which will open Friday November 4th and be on view through December 21, 2011. This exhibition is comprised of eleven new paintings from George Condo’s continued series of Drawing Paintings which he began in 2009. In his Drawing Paintings, Condo explores the relationship between drawing and painting by combining the improvisational aspects of drafting and the controlled methods of painting. In doing so, Condo eliminates the distinction between the two mediums and continues to explore what he calls abstract figuration.

Referring to the Drawing Painting series, Condo says,

“They are about freedom of line and color and blur the distinction between drawing and painting. They are about beauty and horror walking hand in hand. They are about improvisation on the human figure and it’s consciousness.”

Condo’s preoccupation with the figure and recurring imaginary characters is continued in these new works. Bow-tied butlers and leering nudes make fragmented appearances among the charcoal lines and patches of pastel and acrylic. On floor two, Condo continues to expand the Drawing Paintings with a series of works known as Compressions. In this series, the compositions are concentrated towards one corner; figures forms and colors are compressed to the extent that they become sculptural in their appearance. Condo’s visions are compacted into a massive block of gestures and brushwork.

Born in New Hampshire in 1957, Condo has occupied a prominent position in the art world for close to three decades. Along with Basquiat and Haring, Condo was instrumental in the international revival of painting in the 1980s. He has since stood as an example to younger practitioners through his commitment to his personal vision. Condo’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney amongst numerous other museums throughout Europe. Currently, his mid-career retrospective which debuted at the New Museum last winter, is currently on view at the Hayward Gallery in London.

For further information, please contact +1 212 737 2060 or info@skarstedt.com


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